I was reading this thread http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=289513 and got inspired to ask this question: Have you guys realized the impact that fingerboard radius has in the expressiveness of a bass? After playing, for example, 4-string, Jazz-type bass with radiuses ranging from 12", 10", 9.5" and 7.5", I finally realized the huge impact that fretboard radius has. To me, it affects two crucial effects: the way the strings slightly buzz when bending them, and the way slaps react to the board. Point one: when playing on a rounder radius (7.5" or 9.5") the strings buzz just a little bit when bending (mostly when soloing, but also when digging in a groove) and this creates a very important part in the expression of the notes. Point two: when slapping on a rounder radius, you get a quicker response and the string responds differently than slapping on a flatter radius. Examples: I used to own a Fodera Monarch (12" radius) and a Sadowsky Standard (12") and I could never get completely used to the playability - they sounded incredible but the "expressiveness" was missing from my hands. Even with low action, I could not get that natural growly buzz you get when digging in on a Jazz. Then I switched to a 7.5" Jazz first and then to a 9.5" Jazz and now I understand that what I was missing was a rounder radius! Then to probe my theory even more, I have an EB/MM Sterling, which has 11" radius, and the effect is right in the middle: I get some expressiveness out of it, but not quite as much as the bass with 9.5". Has anybody experienced the same?