Hi all, I apologise if there are countless threads on this topic but I would like some advice from the community regarding my bass playing situation. I am a new player, not looking to gig or anything just to play along at home for fun. I’ve been on an off trying to learn since Nov 2019 using a combination of Rocksmith and online tabs, also prior to lockdown I was doing face to face lessons as well. Due to mental health issues there have been large gaps in my playing but I have really started to play a lot more in the last few couple of months. I have amassed a little collection of basses trying to find the one I am comfortable with as I seemed to hit a wall and that combined with my mental health issues just put me off playing. One of my earlier bass purchases was a Harley Benton PB-Shorty 30” scale bass and that was the bass that showed me I much prefer short scales. I have since started playing an Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro and for me that is the one, it is a 28.6” scale and has a really fast narrow neck. Since switching to the Mikro my Rocksmith scores have improved, playing through a headphone amp my playing sounds cleaner and I really feel like I’m progressing. One of my favourite songs has multiple fast A 3h5 D 3h5 sections during the verses and I really struggled with that on a long scale but on the Mikro that has really cleaned up. I always told myself I’d learn on the short scale and when I was comfortable move to a long scale, but the more I play the Mikro the less I think about playing my long scale basses. I recently repaired my full size P bass clone which I borrowed some parts out of temporarily and when I put her back together and tried to play I really felt so uncomfortable, even simply reaching over to tune her up was uncomfortable. Now my best mate who purchased me Rocksmith and got me started playing keeps saying I’m lazy for playing a short scale, and that I’m making excuses for playing a short scale instead of sticking to a long scale. He also has a short scale but he alternates depending on what bass happens to be near him at the time, he doesn’t have a preference. I told him I really struggle with stretching and dexterity in my fingers but he keeps going I should keep on with the long scale as my fingers will eventually stretch through practice, he says gymnasts had to train for ages to be able to do the splits and I do see his point. However my counter point is that you wouldn’t expect a pro runner to wear equipment too big for them as that will slow them down and they wont hit their best. Now this wouldn’t normally bother me as my mate is very opinionated and he has turned around on a few occasions and said how proud he is of the progress I’ve made and how I am better than him at playing, so he takes with one hand gives with the other. What has resonated with me for the longest though is my face to face instructor also told me to stick with the long scale as I’d be restricting myself with the short, I started lessons with my full scale GSR180 but one lesson I took in my Shorty and I did feel more comfortable but the instructor said to keep with the larger bass. Now this is coming from a professional teacher which has always stuck with me. I am a 6ft2 heavy bloke and it probably looks a bit weird someone my size playing a bass so small, but my issue is that whilst I have big hands they just aren’t that flexible or dexterous. Even on the 28.6” basses my 11 year old daughter can do the frets 1-4 stretch easier than I can, my fingers don’t line up properly with the frets, and my pinky’s curl back towards the ring finger so I cant stretch them straight so in a lot of my playing I naturally avoid using them. I have been forcing myself to use my pinky on easier songs that I have memorised but I am finding it hard. Now my mate says this is an excuse, but it really is a problem for me and that is why i prefer the Mikro. However when looking at basses the only 28.6” scale basses are the Mikro, the Minion, and the Mini P and these seem to be marketed towards kids. So am I artificially limiting myself or getting myself into bad habits by playing a bass so small?