as i was about to respond to this thread it disappeared, i can only imagine that the original poster, indie-visible, pulled it. first off, i didn't post the pictures of my basses to flaunt how great my basses were and how bad everyone elses are. i get emails daily asking me about my basses, and how they are made and what they look like. i know of at least 10 people who have had custom conklins built after they saw mine. this isn't because _I_ am so great, this is because the instruments are so great. they are beautiful, hand-made, organic works of art and i am compelled to share them. i am sorry that there are people on the list that can't come over to my house and try them out, and i guess i post pictures of them to substitute for that. secondly, to answer the question, my 10 favorite bass players all play 4 strings. the # of strings doesn't matter, except for the fact that everything that one can do on a 4 i can do on my 7 and 8 strings, but most of what i do on them would be difficult or impossible for me to do on a 4. thirdly, i for one was not offended in the least by the original post and the "piano" comment - i have heard much worse before. i for one wished that i could speak Ukrainian as well as indie-visible speaks english - then i could talk to my woman's father in his native tongue. i just wanted to say those things.