I am a free lance player, heavy duty for electric all styles and functional on double bass (improving rapidly with arco instructor). Was requested for a NYE gig by someone who had heard of me but never seen me play. The artist sent her setlist CD's (offbeat jazz). Follow up call, she said, btw all tunes to be played on double bass. Would not accept fretless, (even though many of the recording had fretless). No sheet music. Picked off all the songs (about 40 of them) - several hours of work - and learned them on double bass. No problem. Then I called and left a voice mail with artist asking for a rehearsal when convenient. No return phone call but several days later I did get this email: "Glad you got the CDs. One quick question -- you've mentioned a few times the possibility of your hands tiring, which, I confess, worries me. The owners of _____ may ask for a longer set (with an appropriate raise in the fee), and I feel kind of bad requiring you to play upright the whole time if you're not in tip-top shape for it. However, upright it must be. There's a young hotshot upright player from New York who's interested -- if you feel a four-or-five hour upright gig will be a bit much for you, I could ask him to do it. Do let me know, honestly -- I'm easy to work with, but I do tend to be a stickler, and I want this set to be top-energy and top form. ........ I hate taking the gig back and offering it to someone else, but if you don't need the work or the bread (this kid does) and you feel you're not as proficient on upright as you could be and it will tax you, please do let me know. If in all honesty you think you can cover it and do a great job, then I'll look no further. It's just that I'm worrying a bit about it now. Forgive me, but it's the nature of the profession!" My reply: "J. Whenever someone asks to use an alternate player I always accomodate them, irregardless. Have fun New Years Eve." So its December and I am gigless for NYE. Did I do the right thing?