I've been in the market for a 6 string bass for a few weeks now, and have been checking out every 5 and 6 string in sight. Up until yesterday, I had played the following brands: Ken Smith Modulus (sp?) Warwick Yamaha Spector (again, sp?) Dean Alembic Peavy Tobias Pedulla (again, sp? Please cut me some slack - I'm an old DB fart with a tricky memory) The only one I was really crazy about up until yesterday was the Smith, although the Tobias and Yamaha were also kind of nice. But yesterday I walked into a store to inquire about some pickups (thinking I was going to have to buy a bass that PLAYED okay and throw in some Bartolini's to help the sound), and while waiting I happened to pick up this really UGLY Washburn 5 string. It played great, so I plugged it in. My first thought was "HOLY SH*T, this must be some AMPLIFIER FROM GOD", because the sound coming out just flat out SMOKED everything I had played so far except for the Smith, and it was on par with that. Not believing my ears, I went out to my car and dragged out my SWR Baby Blue II amp (the one I'll be using for the gig that requires me to double on 6-string), plugged it in, and got an even BETTER sound. This bass had more output, a cleaner sound, and was as playable/more playable than anything else I'd played. It also had NO DEAD SPOTS - the tone was completely consistent across the entire neck. What's up with that? I know I've been out of the BG gear loop for a while now, but up until yesterday, I'd never really played a Washburn instrument that I cared for at all, and then this thing blows me out of the water! Weird...anyway, they make a 6 string version (RB 2602) that can be had for under $800, and unless anybody has a compelling reason I shouldn't (aside from the blah/Ugly factor, of course), I'll probably get one soon. Has anyone played either of these monsters? If so, what was your reaction? Did I just happen to find a super special one, or what?