Hi, I'm not sure whether this is the right forum to put this q in, but I just was hoping you guys could confirm something for me... I'm pretty sure I'm right but have got 'expert' opinions that tell me otherwise. I have a 4 string, fretted, passive, Tanglewood Rebel 4K bass. When I plug it into an amp, with the bass hanging on my shoulder with a strap, (and heres the important bit) not physically touching the bass apart from whats leaning against me, theres a buzzing noise via the speaker. Not just a slight one, its very noticable. Also, as the sales guy suggested, I'm not just sitting right next to the amp when this happens. The instant I touch any metal part of the bass (i.e. strings, part around the jack, bridge) the buzzing stops, the instant I let go again the buzzing is back. This for me should not happen, there should be (relative) silence from the speaker while I'm not touching the bass and not playing. Its simply a bad earth in the bass, right?? Shouldn't it earth through the cable to the amp some way?? Reason theres any doubt in my head, I brought it into the shop I bought it in (while still under warranty I'm slow to mess with it myself), they took a description of the problem, and sent it to their repair guy. This guy they tell me makes his own basses and all, fair enough, sounds like the guy knows what hes up to then. Only problem is 2 days later I get the bass back with an explanation that the guy didn't do anything to it, said all basses make this buzzing noise. Even when I touch (not play, just touch) a string it gives a spike in the speaker. I don't think it did this all the time, was it just I noticed it recently but I'm pretty sure it hasn't been. To back up the claim he picked up a bass on display (new) and plugged it in, exact same effect. Other people I've played with have noticed and commented though, so it seems to be an unusual noise to be happening. Please let me know, its really bugging me!! thanks in advance, Kev.