The thing to keep in mind about the 8 strings is that they are not magical instruments. Your playing will not improve by leaps and bounds as soon as you pick one up. It will not open hundreds of new doors for you. What it will do for you, though, is greatly increase your range, and yes, it will allow you to some things that you were not able to do on a 6 or 7. That said, I'll admit that I really want an 8 string. I think the greatest freedom it gives you is the ability to play around with different tunings. Exotic, weird tunings. You can do pretty much anything you want with the lower two strings because you still have the regular six in standard tuning, or whatever. Hope this helps.