I either need to be pinched or slapped, but I just bought one of these: http://www.kcstrings.com/bass-rc-williams-sr.html This is a true 7/8 with a 43" string, but is very easy to play. In fact, I played it for over two hours before I put a tape on it, noticing the extra 1.5 inches. It speaks very clearly and is loud as hell. We put a Realist on it and strung it with the strings that were on the Upton: Stark E, Mittel A and Oblis on top. It is a bit bright, but at the same very deep and full. I expect it to be fun on tomorrow's gig. Every few months I would visit KC Strings and play a few basses and I always likes this model. Of the four they had on the floor, one picked me. In fact, I like it much better than anything else on the floor, including basses up to almost $40K. Comparing this to my Upton was sad, but a dose of reality. Micha and Anton Krutz were great to work with and gladly took the Upton on trade, allowing more than I paid and stretching the rest out over time, interest free. Right now, I couldn't be happier. Will post pics later.