This post is directed at the luthiers out there. I'm sure that you have all seen the "Check out these hand made plywood basses" thread. The luthiers have been conspicuos by their absence on that thread. With all the flaming going on their, I can't say that I blame you. Arnold, Nick, etc., I don't see why parallel or x-bracing (as in arch-top guitar) would not work, replacing the sound post. Ken Smith made a statement that this was tried in the mid 1800s, but did not elaborate on what the results were. I suspect that serious bassists want a serious (traditional) bass, and are reluctant to spend serious money to purchase something else. I'm thinking that the "Medely Bass" is a crudely made piece of crap, however, I also think that a decent carved top with parallel or x-bracing might possibly work very well. Not being a luthier, I don't know. Could you guys give us your thoughts on how this might affect volume, tone or sustain? Would some other modification be necessary to make it work such as a lower neck set, or different type of bridge. I would love to see an experience luthier make one, but unfortunately it would probably be an unprofitable endeavor, so it's not likely to happen. What are your thoughts on this guys?