Hello TB'ers, I've been involved in several threads recently in which the concept of TRADEOFFS has come into play when trying to solve problems with basses, bass tone, and bass technique. I'm going to list a few examples, totally IMHO. I'd be interested to see if TBer's can add some, or provide opinions on some of these: 1. The lighter that you make a bass, the easier it is to have on your shoulder through a gig...but the lighter you make it, the more low end punch you sacrifice. 2. The longer the string length, the more improved your B string tone will be...but the longer the string length, the more the high strings suffer in tone. (edit: ...and the more difficult it will be to play in the lower positions. ) 3. The lighter gauge the strings, the better for slap playing...but the lighter gauge the strings, the less low mid punch for fingerstyle playing. 4. The lower the string action, the easier the bass is to play...but the lower the action, the more you lose punch and add fret noise. 5. The more effects processers that you add between the bass and amp, the more tonal choices you have...but the more effects processers that you add, the more you degrade and add noise to the bass' original signal, which also removes "punch". 6. The more you love the bass that you're playing on a gig, the more you enjoy the sets... but the closer that you have to watch it on the stand during the breaks! 7. The more strings you have, the more notes that you can access without changing positions...but the more strings you have, the more your fingerboard feels like a multi-lane freeway. You get the idea. I reserve the right to add some more as I think of them. I'll be interested to hear and discuss your ideas.