I am just posting this to get it off my chest. In the past week I've been in positions to play some other DBs. It started on a hotel gig on Christmas Day. At the other end of the hotel was a trio, guys I didn't know, and played on a bass I had almost bought a couple of years ago. It was easy to play in tune, sounded big and I could play stuff I could never pull off on my bass in thumb position. Tuesday I went to a friends house to show off my new A.I. Focus lll 2R, and compare it with his iAMP800. I played his newish Czech carved flatback and his 60's Kay. I could play both of them with more facility and command than mine and my intonation was better than I've ever been able to do on mine. and again they just sounded great. Last night after an early gig I sat in with a jazz quartet and play a friends old beat German plywood, again the same results. And I don't think it's my imagination in each instance. (except the first as I'd never met them), my friends told me I was 'sounding really good.' I talked to the guy I study with and he said; "I think everything's been done to your bass that can be done, it's setup as good as it's going to get. Look at it this way" he said; "your kinda fighting what you've got and that's OK because it make's you really think about what you are doing, and it shows when you play a better bass. someday when you get a good bass it will have all paid off." Somehow that wasn't much comfort. I'm just feeling frustrated and I know that 'good bass' is a long way off.