I always thought I strapped my basses on a little on the high side. But on a couple of my 5ers whose necks are a little wide I felt my left thumb was using too much pressure than I wanted or perhaps even necessary. My right hand seemed comfortable. Both wrists were pretty straight. I asked myself if I really needed that much thumb pressure- if any? So I got the crazy idea to shorten my strap(s) and raise the bass up higher. Now, I've seen guys that have their basses super high, with the horn up by their collar bones. I have to suspect that such a high position might allow the right hand to operate more freely with slap? I don't know. But my strap was on the inner-most "notch" but I was on the end hole of the tail. The next hole was 3.5" shorter. But I tried it. It was odd feeling at first. The bass felt really high. The horn was just a bit below my collar bone and that was the first sensation that was strange. The horn was now pressing a bit ON my chest. I felt like my left arm had to be held higher, which would be expected so I didn't think much of it. And yes, the thumb pressure was relieved considerably. Finger pressure came from my hand more than an opposing thumb. My right arm and hand, OTOH felt less natural. Obviously my forearm would be higher and elbow bent more. At first I felt like my right arm must have looked like that of Tyrannosaurus Rex in Jurasic Park . But as I adjusted my wrist was still relatively straight. But what I didn't expect was that my fingers could more easily get to the 1st and 2nd strings with more authority than before. When the bass was one hole lower I felt that I had to stretch my fingers out more. But it was all still a bit too odd feeling. And so I took my hole punch and split the difference between the first and 2nd hole and created on 1.75" from the first. Less odd feeling and for the time a happy medium. So tell me if you can... How high is too high- and why? Why do some guys have their basses so high it's almost to the top of their shoulders? What is the benefit of the additional height? How does one find their ideal bass height? Thanks for reading this long winded set of questions.