I have cerebral pulsy. Up until recently I played sitting down. So bass weight didtn't matter. Well I've found I can lean abainst my cabs and stand. Thus weight now comes into play. I think I've found the only 44-02 under 8 lbs so that isnt' a problem. I can handle that. But my Mike Lull weighs 10lbs. I love that bass. It has the tone I hear in my head. It is the exact color combination I want (transparent red with black hardware). It feels great. And it has great history as being Mike's first 5 string, 24 fret (which I never use the extra frets, highest I get is Sweet Child O Mine, but I love owning things with history). Being a prototype Lull said it got a litle bit out of his weight range. Before I found these basses I bought and sold probably 10 in a year. I've had these for about a year and never wanted anything else, until I started standing up with it. I thought this was it. Now I don't know what to do. I have tight hamstrings and weak muscles all around. I already do a pretty involved exercies program. I don't really want to go bass searching agian and to get rid of this one would be tough, but I feel much more comfortable on the Lakland because of the extra weight (we use 2 basses a show for alternate tunings and last minute key changes).