I still havent decided what kind of bass Im going to buy, but when I do, I want to get a hardshell case for it. At 5000 for a good bass, I dont mind spending the extra money. Ive seen some from Freedom Guitar, Jim Laabs and Lemur for 500-800 bucks. I read that some manufacturers' measurements for a 3/4 scale might be different than others, and some larger 3/4 scale basses might be considered a small 7/8 by others. When you measure upper and lower bouts, do you go from the tip of the upper "C" on the left side to the one on the right (upper bout) and then do the same for the lower bout? Also, do most basses tend to be about the same thickness? And height as well? Lemurs hardshell case, for example, doesnt even have any measurements posted. Freedom Guitars case has upper/lower bout and height measurements, but says nothing about the thickness. I know with EB if you play anything other than a Fender Jazz/P Bass (or a clone) you will have a hard time finding a universal case where the bass isnt flopping around (loose) or you have to really jam it in there to make it fit, and I dont want to do either to an expensive DB. It would seem that DB measurements are different from make to model just like an EB, but the DB cases are more generic in nature. Most guys I see use a padded nylon bag. Is this because you had a hard time finding a hardshell case that would fit your bass correctly? The local stores here dont carry hardshell cases, so Id have to buy it sight unseen, I wanted to make sure if there were any other measurements I should know about, such as cutaways for violin corners, etc. Ive even called the dealers direct, but they either didnt have it in stock (so it couldnt be measured) or they didnt really know if it would fit my bass either. The only case I saw that seemed to be truly universal was Kolsteins, with the air bags that you inflate to cradle the bass. But, at 3000 dollars, Id rather find a cheaper one that has my bass' measurements.