Would I really be cheating myself if I got a 1/2 size rather than the standard 3/4? I ask this because it seems the 3/4 is rather unwieldy for me (I'm borrowing one, though the fellow who owns it says it's full size. Physical measurements of "vibrating string length" indicate it's closer to 3/4.) I've played slab for some 39 years, though just 'screwing around at home.' I love the sound of an upright and the overall feel of it... but I don't want to knock myself out and get discouraged. Thus, the idea of a 1/2 size with its shorter string length (shorter scale?), and apparently easier to play. (I believe it was a 1/2 I once played at a fellow's house years ago, and it felt pretty good. I have small hands.) Southwest Strings here in Tucson sells a Klaus Mueller Prelude bass for $830; 3/4 and 1/2 are the same price. I have been told that a 1/2 size *can* produce fine tone, and again I probably never will gig with it (I never have with the electric bass!), so... Be ruthless with your opinions, just don't hurt me. I don't want to get a 3/4 -- the "correct" size -- if I'm going to wind up not wanting to even play it because it's too big. No, EUB is out of the question.