I'd love to get a fretless down the road (when I actually learn to play a bit) because I've always loved the sound of them. I've never played one, and where I live no shop stocks them, so I've been doing my research mainly on youtube. I've seen a few vids of people playing fretlesses where you can definitely hear a sort of clackety sound while playing. I get that sometimes from my fretted Precision, so I just assumed it was something that beginning players had to learn to unlearn: a basic problem with technique. Here's a video of a guy who works for a music shop in Frankfurt, basically doing a promo video for a 5-string Sandberg. These are definitely nice, well built basses, so the problem, if there is one, wouldn't be with the bass. (You have to start at about 1:34, and then you can hear him play for the next 30 seconds or so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIvjJlBrK2s) Is this: A. Normal B. A problem with the player's fretless technique - a guitar player who's been told to sell a bass (or a bass player who mainly plays fretted and has been given 5 minutes to crank out a promo video for a fretless - please don't let this thread degenerate and become insulting, btw: I totally understand the guy's just making a video to spotlight various features on the bass, he's not making music). C. A problem with the recording, ie. the directional microphone on the camcorder is picking up more sound that you'd actually hear if you played. Just curious. Thanks!