Well i've read through the forums about all of the "you should have played flute/piccolo" comments from random people to bassists, and had a good laugh reading about all of the experiences. I just got my bass a while ago, and I really didnt expect to hear any comments at all, I just expected weird stares. But anyways, I was walking out of school the other day with my bass on my back, a full 4/4 size (in one of those nylon cases with backpack straps). And of course the thing looks bigger than me, even tho im just over 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, when on my back the head of the bass is a good 2 feet up. Lo and behold an older man walks up "Wow, thats quite a load you've got there, you should have played piccolo!" I was dead speechless, i couldnt even remember a witty comment from this site that I could use in response. I just looked at him blankly for a second or two, and started laughing as hard as I could and didnt stop for at least another minute. That just made my day for some reason, haha just thought id share my experience.