There have been several interesting discussions here of late on innovative bass design ideas. I'm slowly gathering ideas to commission my ideal bass-for-life at some point in the future. I'm not turned off by these modern, functional deviations from the traditional, and want to learn more about what works and what doesn't. Recently I've enjoyed looking at and reading about Arnold's Ergonomic Bass. (see it on http://www.aesbass.com/handmadebasses.htm , halfway down the page). I find this idea of putting some left-right asymmetry into the upper and lower bouts to make it more playable while still maintaining sound production capability to be interesting. I wonder if the master himself, or anyone else who has played one of these basses (how many exist?), could comment on how they sound and play. I'm pretty sure this would be a nice bass to get one's arms around, but how does it sound and respond compared to a conventionally shaped bass ?