I want to learn DB but I need a small portable instrument. I checked out a 1/2 size bass today and it sounded pretty good, not as deep, loud or rich sounding as a 4/4 but it was significantly smaller - the neck was smaller as well which felt good to my weakish hands. I know I can go small and portable w/an EUB but the 1/2 size was pretty cool. Does a 1/2 size get any respect or should I wait and get a 4/4? Anyone use a 1/2 size?