Hap - if it were my build and I had already decided to go with flame maple body binding then I would also include neck binding. One without the other always looks hodgepodge to me. Reminds me of the bedroom discussion between James Bond and Tiffany Chase in Diamonds are Forever, where she steps out of the powder room sporting a red hairdo... Bond: "Weren't you a blonde when I came in?" Tiffany: "Could be..." Bond: "I tend to notice little things like that, whether she's a blonde or a brunette." Tiffany: "And which do you prefer?" Bond: "Well, provided that the cuffs and collar match... (shrugs)" As for the frets - ask yourself, do I want this bass to be focused on a specific task and do things most of my other basses can't, or do I want this bass to be flexible and a potential sit in for many of my other basses? The tapewound path with mandolin frets will be a killer set up but geared towards specific tasks. Whereas the 6150 frets and half rounds will be a bit more flexible and sound/feel/play more like some of your other basses. There isn't a right or wrong answer, it comes down to personal preference and your end goal. For me personally, if I were going to the lengths you are to make this bass I'd probably lean towards making it a very specialized application instrument, something that I know I would instantly reach for every time I had a very specific task in mind. Therefore I'd favor the tape/mandolin fret option and optimize the bass for those types of jobs where tapewounds reall shine. Think of it as the "killer app" for specific jobs. But that's just me, and in fact that's what I'm currently doing on a hopeful Alembic build next year. I don't want to spend a fortune to get a bass that's just as good and similar to my existing Alembics, I want one that will do something the others can't. Swiss Army knifes are fine and there's always a place for them but if I want the very best tool for the job I'll reach for one that was designed to specifically perform the task at hand.