I was wrong; bigtime. Some months ago, Monte was enthusing over a new compensated tail piece that he got from Mike Pecanic. I argued on a theoretical basis that the concept was flawed. Fast forward. Arnold Schnitzer was enthusing over the quality of Mike's work, which he saw at ISB. I called Mike. We talked for an hour. Brains and an hysterical sense of humor. I mailed pictures of my bass to Mike, and he selected 4, count 'em, 4 beautiful woods to make 4 tailpieces which he sent from California to Jersey just so I could look at them. Arnold did the setup. The sound is beautiful, and the tailpiece is drop-dead beautiful to see. Theory is great, but there's no substitute for the experience of hearing this. I was so wrong. The Pecanic tailpiece works. And you can't find a nicer guy to deal with.