Everyone -- I posted a thread a while ago when I asked for advice as I transitioned from electric bass to upright bass. I took the advice to buy a quality instrument, and get some lessons. But against most advice, decided to buy a 1/4 size rather than a 3/4 size. This was because people said it would take 2-10 years to get gig-ready with a 3/4, if I make it at all. I am also older, have a big gut, small hands, and wanted to gig as fast as possible in the jazz genre. I knew I could gig on a 1/4 size almost immediately after playing all sizes in a store. So I bought the 1/4 size Ametto for $1600, and since then, after about 6 weeks of pain (hands feeling like anvils, sore shoulders, etcetera) started gradually lengthening the time I can play upright at gigs. Now, 11 months later, I gig all the time with it and have done 3 hours of jazz with it. And two days ago, I did a theatre gig as a side man. People paid $25 each to come and see us. It was all about a singer and I did slow Motown, show tunes, 3 jazz tunes (All of Me, My Funny Valentine and Summertime), and most of the 1.5 hour show on upright. About 70% I would say. I got paid five times what I normally get paid after receiving a $200 tip from the singer who hired me. We got two standing ovations (Matinee and main show). Theater Director wants us back again. None of the musicians I play with, not one, complained about the scale of the instrument. Not one. in fact, I get complements on my tone and surprise at how loud I've been able to make it. See the attached program, pictures and musician bios to see their background. In the past, there have been naysayers here on Talk Bass who said they didn't believe this was possible. Or that I wasn't telling the truth. Below is the program, with bios of the musicians and a picture of my bass on stage. Someone is supposed to be getting a video together, so I will see if I can post it should it materialize. I wanted to give proof that the 1/4 size instrument is in fact a feasible instrument for regional, semi to pro work. For me, the theater gig I landed, the amount I was paid, the $200 tip, and the reaction of all the highly experienced musicians I play with is evidence. (Note: I am not saying I am a virtuoso, but I am credible for jazz and other gigs. For this gig, I did not have to bow or use the upper register, which are the frontiers I will work on next, now that the upright is firmly in my repertoire.) FYI.