Thanks for the insights!
I did read Dane's site...a lot of it. It's what led me to look seriously at the 6000. I liked that it's a double-boot for multi-day trips, and he says that it climbs well (though he uses the Baruntse liners.)
I also have a pipe-dream to make it up to Ranier or maybe even Denali at some point but in the meantime I want to learn to ice-climb and currently work on a team going working towards Type1 certification. If we end up getting called out for mutual-aid to the Sierras, sure, something "softer" will work but won't be quite as capable for technical work in the snow/ice. And if the weather turns poor while we're out it's likely we'll have to hunker down (all the helicopters are grounded at that point, and it could possibly be quite a few miles out in snowshoes.)
6000s seemed like a nice balance, perhaps overkill on the "warm side" but for mixed, crampons, snowshoes, and possibly some ice-work (coupled with an interest on the personal side) it hit all the checkboxes nicely ... except the price. ;-)
I'm not sure if I'd need a 47 or the more hard-to-find 48. Also, another boot might fit better ... which is why I was asking about local shops. I'm open to suggestions as well -- internet research only goes "so far."