OK I'm still a newbie on the DB but loving a new found passion. Speaking of passion, I recently read a forum response in which 'warming a bass' through playing it often and regularly improves the sound of the bass itself. My query - What does playing playing the DB do to the instrument to make it sound 'better'. My thought had been that it was me the player that was 'warming up' and not instrument itself. Upon greater focus and reflection - now I think this may untrue. Could it be that "waking-up" a DB does something to the wood cells themselves, thereby exciting the tissues that comprise it. In essence, when wood cells are dormant for a long time might they 'harden'. - the liquids in the endoplasm stagnate? So by playing more often it keeps them from coagulating - for lack of a better term. It keeps the wood cells liquified (like with shaken paint). These are only thoughts and theories. Wood sounds better when played often - but why?