I've never been so fortunate as to own a bass with a French polish (or "French varnish" as some say). Everything I've read about it over the years mentions how it is so superior to other finishes in terms of beauty and the tone the instrument produces. So, one would think we'd see more custom and high-end basses with French polish. But, they are few and far between. My questions are; - Is French polish a real advantage in terms of cosmetics, (and/or), tone, to your knowledge??? - Is it that much of pain to employ a French polish to the extent where it necessitates a dramatic increase in the price of a bass??? .......(Some wood/luthier sources I've read say it's really not all that hard to do). - If French polish is "the ultimate", why don't we see more fine basses with French polish??? (Lord knows - we bassists go nuts over woods and finishes). Thanks for any thoughts or experiences.