I play an inexpensive instrument, and one of my least favorite things about it is that, when playing arco, there's a bit too much "cross talk" between the strings and the bass—kind of like an old-fashioned spring reverb amp. For every note I play I can hear two more that I didn't, and when I stop playing, the bass is still making sounds. I was experimenting with different ways to address this, and I found that if i put a rolled-up scarf on top of the bridge, just touching the strings, I can pretty much eliminate it at the cost of some volume. Believe it or not, I actually like the sound, and it's a dream to hear music when I'm playing and silence when I'm not. This does raise some questions, though: Is there a more appropriate way of modifying the bass towards this end? Is this ultimately going to effect intonation (slightly shorter effective string length)? Finally, is this something a "real" bassist would concern himself with—in other words, maybe the bass is supposed to sound like this, and I should quit whining and practice more?