So three weeks ago I broke six ribs and a scapula in a cycling accident, and while I still haven't completely healed, last night was the first time I was in any condition to even consider performing. I'm still pretty weak and sore throughout my torso and shoulder though, so I was concerned that strapping on a regular-sized bass would be asking for trouble. So I borrowed an Ashbory bass from a friend.
Talk about "asking for trouble"...
It was a fascinating experience...for about the first two tunes. But I found the feel of the silicone strings, plus their disproportionate thickness compared to the ultra-short scale length, to be such a distraction to normal musical expression that I could never completely give myself in to the music. It felt like a fight for most of the night.
But it did sound
pretty cool. Do any of you use these as your main instrument?