When I got my first bass, a short scale, the action was a bit high on it. Following advice from many that a new bass should be taken to a music store to be properly set up, I took it to a local guy who I was told knew what he was doing. Got it back, and the action is much lower than before, seems a little easier to play. I eventually put round would strings back on it after using flats for a while. I now notice more, that the bass is incredibly noisy, with the strings always tapping and banging against the frets, seems no matter how lightly I try to play. Some people tell me that this is what basses are supposed to do, but I think mine is a little excessive. I was thinking, are short-scales meant to have higher action than normal, since the shorter strings won't have as much tension as a long scale? And if this is the case, perhaps the local music store guy wasn't familiar with short-scales, and set it up like he would a long one? Forgive me if this is really stupid, I'm quite the newbie on the bass.