Michael, I was chatting with Steve in a lesson recently about your work, and especially the Hyperbass, and the psychological process you went through to arrive at the bass and the pieces you play on it. The main question I had was this (and I should really have asked you when I had a chance last week before the Joiners gig in Southampton, but hey, I think I was still in shock from the Troubador gig). When you were conceiving the idea of the Hyperbass with Joe Zon, was it driven by music you had in mind, but couldn't play with your retuning techniques on previous basses? Or did you conceive of the hyperbass and then move onto what kind of music you could play on it? Which came first? And presumably when the hyperbass was coming together, there must have been some idea in your mind of what you could acheive with it - how different is what you have done with it to what you thought you could do with it? Do you feel your playing is still developing with the Hyperbass? How much further do you think you can go with it? Sorry, that's about five questions. But I was on a roll. And thanks for the Troubador gig, it was one of, if not the, musical experience of my life so far. Cheers, Phil (John's driver) P.S. I'd just like to add my voice to those asking for a live DVD of your playing - just a gig, watching you and your hands. It'd be good to see as well as hear Enormous Room, and La Sagrada Familia. The visual impact of the Hyperbass and the playing technique is very powerful.