When I first started playing double bass, I was in such discomfort that I never thought I would be able to play a 30 min gig. Since moving to Charleston and starting a new study with a different teacher things have changed in ways I never thought possible. I won't go into much detail as this isn't really a gig board but it was by far the most professional setting I have ever been in. My bass teacher (Frank Duvall, who is excellent by the way and the bass teacher at the College of Charleston here in Charleston SC) is the house pianist and Robert Lewis ( The sax prof at COFC) were the beasts I was playing with on this occasion ( no drummer). It was by far the most intense experience as far as my playing career goes but I managed to make it through it. I was not perfect by any means but I have a new level of confidence in my ability now that I did something like this......It also showed me just how far I need to go in order to truly be professional.. anyways just thought I would share.