I have EXTREAMLY short fingers, and I ended up with this Hamer short scale bass. I have a p-lyte with DR red-devil strings I normally play, but I like to use the Hamer to do some practicing. It helps me learn more intricate patterns faster as I do not have to consentrate as hard on my reach. The problem is with all short scales, it is bright as hell. It has d'addario short scale strings on it now (not my idea and probably makes it worse). I had thought about trying nickle strings or flat wound strings on it, but I am having a hard time finding such in short scale. DR only makes the short scale in stainless, and short scale strings are hard to find easily anyway. Anyone got any suggestions on how to mellow it out a bit? Before I try to order some on-line I would love some ideas. It is not a particuarly great bass, but I would like to see what I can do.