For two and a half months every summer, I travel on a bus. I just got my first bass in November, so I don't want to stop playing for that time. So obviously the Ashbory has occurred to me, as other basses are far too big to work for this. I've never played fretless, but I do have a decent sense of pitch from being a trombonist, and I'll have my trusty chromatic tuner to guide me. But basically, I'm wondering a few things: -Those silicone strings- how long do they last? Will they be adversely affected by the summer heat? -I'll be running this through some sort of headphone amp. How loud is this thing unplugged compared to other basses? I won't be playing late at night when people are sleeping, but of course don't want to annoy the other passengers too much. -As far as keeping my chops up, I realize this will feel completely different in every concievable way from my Fender Jazz, but is it better than nothing? -If I play for half an hour everyday, how long will a battery last? -Does anyone make a hardcase for it? Is it bulky? Thanks!