Indulge me a bit, I think I'm just sort of thinking out loud. I have a very interesting bass on trial from Kolstein's this week. A very small Italian hunny. It is a beautiful little odd shaped dark bass with a huge sound for it's size. The arco is absolutely stunning and powerful. I'm not sure I've ever played a bass that is this focused and I've played some really nice basses including the Karr/Koussevitsky. What is a little baffling and frightening is that it is quite a different bass from what I currently play and, well, it's just kind of scary. I couldn't love the arco more, it's completely rocks and is so accessible that I can actually see how Edgar does what he does. It has that kind of power. It absolutely fills the room. I played it at an Irish session last night and waited until the right tune came along (a twin Uliean pipe tune) and layed that big D under it with a bow and the roof almost came off the pub. At the end of the night I bowed a tune in duet with another piper that was really inspiring. In short, the bass is letting me do what I want to do and allowing me to really do it well. So what's the problem? Well, nothing...really. I played in a very loud situation and you could really hear the bass above the din and it really supported the large band. I guess I have what you might call "buyers remorse" even before I buy it. Not in the sense that I don't love it, but in the sense of "oh, shi*, am I doing the right thing? See, I told you this was really an indulgent post. There are no questions in it! I think, in reality, I need two basses. One that I can thump on with reckless regard, and one like this little hunny that I can really show my stuff. It's almost a fear of unlimited potential! I can do anything on this bass and it is a real full frontal challenge to go for things I only dreamed of on my big Yankee. Of course, I haven't even sold my bass yet (though there are a number of very interested parties) so this isn't really a problem. "Now, Jason, tell me about your mother..."