Mr. LaSpina doesn't seem to have his own thread, so here goes. I've enjoyed his playing on a number of recordings over the years. What struck me recently was listening to Jim Hall's Something Special, with Larry Goldings on piano. LaSpina's sound is VERY different than on other records. I'm pretty sure he's using steel strings, they have alot of sustain and mwah, but are also deep and rich (the bass, no doubt). There is also great clarity and detail (click at the beginning of many notes). I like his sound on this record, as well as the sound on the other records I have, which is a more traditional gut sound. I just found it curious, this (to my ear) rather drastic change in concept of sound. I wonder if anybody knows what he's up to recently, if he's back to gut, was this a temporary deviation, or is he a constant chameleon? Whatever he plays on, I like what he plays.