There are three talented luthiers that are within about one hours driving distance from my home. I try to patronize each of them more or less equally. They have all done good jobs on my basses. Luthier A recently set up my new bass, with a new bridge, tail-wire and fingerboard re-shaping. I was quite pleased with my bass after this work was done. I decided to try a Realist on my bass, so I visited luthier B, since he has this item in stock. Luthier B proceeded install the Realist and while he had the bass up on the work bench looked inside and made the comment, "hum...classical, guy..." then reset my soundpost to a position that in his opinion is more suited for jazz playing. The bass sounds a bit different now, not better or worse while playing pizz, but seems not quite as sweet with the bow. If anything, the bass sounds like it's lost a bit of color in it's mid-range when played arco, but maybe a bit "fatter" sounding when played pizz. The thing is, luthier A knows that I play mostly jazz, and kept this in mind while setting up my bass origianaly. Luthier A can reconize when luthier B has worked on any of my basses, just by the position of the soundpost after luthier B has done his thing. Luthier A allways seems a bit annoyed when seeing my bass after luthier B moves my post, says his positioning of the post is "wrong". When luthier B moved my post, it looked to me as if he moved it a bit in a east-west fashion, it's still more or less the same north-south. Both of these luthiers have many jazz bass players as clients, some with big names. Both are good at what they do. Do any of you guys, Ken, Arnold, Jeff, or Nick approch soundpost ajustments in terms of the style of playing that the bass is used mostly in, or do you place a post in terms of simply where it makes a bass sound it's best? BTW, tomorrow I'll be taking a trip with my bass down to where the swallows fly to and will be visiting luthier D, who likes monkeys. It's a bit of a drive from where I live, about two hours but I'm looking forward to meeting the nice folks there. This will be my first time. I've been having some trouble with a Schertler Stat-B pickup that I had ordered from them a while back and they have been very kind to offer to help with a replacement and help with the installation. It will be interesting to see if they think my soundpost is properly positioned!