Gumtree's a dangerous habit bought on a whim - a 'Beatle Bass' - A Shine Viola Bass copy close to the Epiphone model (3 knobs, 2 volume 1 tone - no switches). Sixty quid or $100. Strings seem knackered, tarnished, dead. Even so I'm surprised at how little resonance when plucked, quite dead a solid body bass on fresh strings rings out by comparison (maybe the Shine is semi-hollow?). Neck adjustment seems OK but Bridge height seems high to me - upwards of 3/4 inch. Does that seem about right? or could this just be the choice of the previous owner? Should I go for genuine Hofner strings? http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-an...mxu|dc_pcrid_38200326199_plid__kword__match__ or http://www.thomann.de/gb/hoefner_h1133_beatlebasssaiten.htm. Cheaper choice has the right picture but dearer ones have the right text!! -or any recommendations for short-scale strings (preferably from UK supplier ) Cheers!