This post by @Eric Hochberg in another thread got me thinking about this issue again, and I thought it might make an interesting thread topic: I wrote an article a few years ago about aging gracefully as a bassist, and I think it will be the first of several. As I think about the next installment, I would love to get some input from others who may have their own insights into this issue. Eric's post resonated because another summer has arrived and I just finished a recording session with my bass in full summer "sounds like the voice of god, feels like wrestling a bear" mode. For this session, it was fine...I was not expected to play virtuosically because the other to soloists did plenty of that, and the highest tempo on the session was about 250, still well within range for comfortable walking. The session itself was fine, even as the setup and string height acted as a "chops governor" for the scope of what I could attempt. In the past couple of days, I've been working on the Courante from cello suite 1, which is the last movement I need to record to complete that suite for the video series. We've had the remnants of a tropical storm come through town, so the strings went up again in spite of the air conditioning. The bass sounds even more godlike now, but I'm not sure I can pull off that movement in one take on video when I can literally fit my thumb under the E string and my little finger under the G. If I manage it, it will sound huge, but it feels like heavy sledding at the moment. If it doesn't work, I'll have to concede and lower the strings earlier in the season than usual. I think my three hour trio gig tonight will tell me something, but I thought it might be an appropriate time to start this thread and hopefully hear some stories from others who have gone through this year after year and what some of your coping mechanisms are.