Making Music March 2002, p37. Dave Williamson's "Low Life" bass column. The four string/five string debate has raged for a long time, prompting sporadic and sometimes very heated exchanges on a bass player's website I visit from time to time. "No offence, but it's not the number of strings that makes the bassist. This whole "I have more strings than you" is like "my penis is bigger than yours"", stated a member of the pro-four-string lobby on one such occasion. "That's a very insecure and juvenile approach to an artistic decision. I stopped looking at my bass as an extension of my penis when I was about 18. Then again, I've been playing only 7 and 8 stringed basses for the past 8 yrs", retorted the opposition, huffily. Handbags at fifty paces it is then, lads. sounds like these "heated exchanges" have been quoted from this very forum- what name have you been posting under, Mr Dave Williamson? or are you a lurker?