OK, I get it, a bass as heavy as a millstone is a drag to hang over your shoulder for a couple of hours a night, but folks quibbling over 8.8 vs. 9.6 pounds......come on. I think people put way too much emphasis on the weight of a bass, and I think the weight to sound quality ratio is vastly exaggerated. It is almost getting to be a "Emperor's New Clothes" scenario. I've owned and played hundreds of guitars over the years, and weight among standardized models (Fenders in this case) has never been an issue or made a noticeable difference to what comes out of the amps. Thoughts?