I followed the advice given to me when I asked a question a few months ago about a 1/2 size bass vs a 3/4. I ended up renting a 3/4 bass two months ago and have found a lot of problems with it. What I find in my area, is that 3/4 basses have extremely large bodies, at least relative to my size. I'm not at all tall (just under 5'2) nor extremely muscular, which makes it a problem when I have to play 6th position harmonics as my arms are not long enough to reach the notes (and I end up being a semitone or two flat!). I have inquired about smaller 3/4 basses or 5/8 basses, however they do not have any 5/8's for rent, neither do they have smaller 3/4 basses for rent. Would a 1/2 be more comfortable for me, considering my short arms and short fingers? Currently, my technique is declining due to the hunched over posture and the normally unnecessary stretches in 1st and 2nd position.. Any thoughts on perhaps renting a 1/2? Would this improve my technique? Is a 1/2 acceptable to learn more technically difficult pieces? Also, do you have any advice on modifying extremely high bridges on a double bass? All the basses I've seen so far have an unnaturally high bridge and causes a hassle when I need to play in the higher range. Thank you, advice and comments are much appreciated.