I've been through quite a few basses over the past several years. In the process, I've developed a technique for assessing AT A GLANCE how comfortable a bass will be--the "Triangle Theory". I thought I'd throw this out there and see if anyone else has been using this. When looking at the front of a bass, the "points" of the triangle are: 1. Where the strap attaches to the upper horn 2. The 12th fret, bass side of the neck 3. The nut Or: Horn | | ----------------- 12th fret..............Nut The first thing I've learned, is that (with my relatively short arms) an upper horn that does not extend all the way to the 12th fret leaves the nut too far out in space for my comfort. (This is why the two Warwicks I've owned felt like I was reaching into space). The Warwicks looked like this: Horn | ...| .....-------------------- .....12th Fret...............Nut By way of comparison, I owned a Ken Smith BSR-MW 4J that had a horn that reached to a point above the 12th fret, but was unusually far from the 12th fret and also felt odd to me. It looked like this: Horn | | | ------------------------- 12th fret......................Nut There you go, that's my theory--that the relationship of the upper horn to the 12th fret determines a whole lot about how the bass will feel on a strap. I used to think it was all about the distance from the back edge of the bass to the bridge saddles. That can indeed push the nut farther out into space. But as long as the horn is over top of fret 12, then the nut will be in the same place in space. Now, I am able to look at basses in magazines or online and make a guess in advance about how they will feel in my hands. I don't know if that helps any of you think about why you do or don't like the various basses you try along the way, but I hope it does. BTW--the bass that fits me best? Music Man Sterling--horn is close to the neck, and right over the 12th fret. Makes for very comfortable playing for me.