Hello all you beautiful bassists... just got back from a terrible gig right now. Plenty problems. I usually play a 100 y/o German carved bass. Last week I received an Engelhardt ES-9 Swingmaster from Lemur Music, to play in those rowdy bars. I put my Fishman on with the amp in the usual place, and man, as soon as I turn up the volume I get tons of feedback! This never happened with "Old Greta". With her I get complaints about playing too loud, so I have to keep turning the volume down, even though I could have played much louder. I mean there´s a HUGE difference! All the settings are the same, even the venue is the same, it seems the Swingmaster itself is the guilty party in this case. My luthier took something like a couple of inches off the top of the stock bridge and I put Spiros on, the same strings that I use with the antique bass. But he told me the stock bridge was a piece of crap from some cheap inferior 2x4 wood. Could the stock Engelhardt bridge be the problem? Well, that´s it -- but I just have to spew out my extreme disregard for drunken audiences!!! Did you ever have some bad-smelling wino character screaming in your ear for some "Sweet Home Alabama" while you´re trying to sing and play a complicated tune at the same time? And with the wino bad-breath bastard knocking your mike into your front teeth, making your lyrics sheets fall to the floor, and banging his filthy hands on your strings in the middle of a song? While the amplification isn´t working right and the guitarist looks at you with strange bulging red eyes from having some grass between sets, and suddenly deciding to change into some strange new key in the middle of a song? You jazz and symphony guys live an easy life! With us URB players down in the hard world of sleazy bars, it´s a f***ing world war for every song! But that´s how Paul McCartney got his teeth cut on the Reeperbahn back in the early 60´s, playing 12 hours a day, 8 days a week in front of drunks and pimps and hookers. Still, it´s a drag... sorry about straying away from the original subject here! Merry Christmas anyway!!!