About a year ago I had a larger saddle made to raise my tailpiece up to make the strings seem to have less tension. I was never really sure that it did anything except make the bass a little boomier and a little deader sounding. About a month or so ago I had a longer tailpiece wire put on to make the tailpiece closer to the bridge in another attempt to lessen the tension. This certainly worked. My only question now is...should I get rid of the raised saddle? Is it possible that a raised saddle could have a negative effect on the sound or feel of the bass?