Sorry about my absence for anyone that missed me, and apologies for my reappearance for those that didn't. My PC smoked a while back and I've been in and out of town quite a bit and so haven't had the time or ambition to fix the digital time-soak. One of the more liberating experiences I've had since I tossed out the TV set. In the interim, I've been working on some neat stuff. Specifically I've been expanding TP down to about G on the D string with the thumb and found that intonation is very do-able. My Anglo/Germanic (read manic) chromosomes require that I systemize the whole effort somehow, so I'll keep all up to date as this unfolds. What is really neat, and maybe wierd, about this effort is hearing this register of the bass sounding so fluent. It really kind of screws with your ears. This also flys in the face of my effort to rid the bass of multiple fingerings for a given region of the bass, but the benefits of this are really starting ot outweigh the cost, blah, blah blah. Prett cool stuff, ultimately. I'll be back in NYC late next week, hopefully with a working PC under my arm, so for those that have taken pleasure in my lack of presence --- soooorry, dudes Checking in from Toledo, OH, Ray Parker, Bassist at Large.