A question to all players and luthiers, what is the proper length for the loop of the tailpiece cable/wire?, I have seen photo's with the end of the tailpiece hanging over the bottom of the bass and I have seen photo's of basses with the tailpiece closer to the bridge with an inch or two of cable exposed at the bottom of the bass over the saddle. The question has bothered me for a long time, I note the picture of Don Higdon's three basses together and the photo looks as if all three have different lengths. I had bought a synthetic gut tailpiece cord for my old flatback and it was so long that it had to be wrapped around the tailpiece in order to adjust the tailpiece to where the old coat hanger wire had it adjusted ( the synthetic gut popped recently sending the tailpiece and bridge flying and dropped the soundpost) I am now going to replace it with a cable. I have replaced the wire on my 1940 Kay with a cable and made the distance the same from the end of the fingerboard to the bridge and the end of the tailpiece to the bridge. This made the bass sound really tight and focused. Is there any standard rule to this measurement?