I know this has been beaten to death ... I am sitting in my living room and I hear "Iron Man" coming thru the walls .... My 12 yo son has taken in interest in the bass...he already plays bass clarinet in school band and scored 2 points shy of perfect on a music test the school had them take a few years ago... My jazz is a little big for him and he's a little careless with it so I'm thinking budget short scale ... Leaning towards an Ibanez Mikro... Any other options ??? Or point me to a thread???