Sorry guys, but it's no mistake this time. I'm posting in the proper forum. I've come to join the ranks of you Dbers as I've borrowed a beautiful DB from a friend yesterday and I've been obsessed since it's gotten into my house.Just wanted to drop a note of excitement here and get you all ready for the questions I'm sure are to come. I've played in my entire lifetime approximately 3 collective hours on the DB - yesterday accumulating 2 of them. I'm freaking because I seem to be taking to it pretty well IMO. When I got it home, I was initially pretty discouraged. I want to learn to play for a gig I have with a Belgian singer. I tried playing one of the easier songs, and it was virtually impossible. It's a simple riff, midway down the neck, with harmonics and a slide. Wasn't going to happen, as I said, impossible. I was sure the action was way off, too high - nobody could do. I fiddled (pun intended?) with it obsessively none the less, went to get taco bell and brag about my new bass in the BG section here, went back to the DB, and uhhh.... I could play the riff!?!?? Not well of course, but it was executable. I played it like a crappy bass player - but it got me going. This is do-able. I dig it bigtime. I dig the vibration and feel too. It feels so real, so bass... I am the happy newcomer! 1st question. The strings are 5/8" away from the neck - seems consistent midway and at the bottom. Is this horrible, average, or good action. 2nd questions - I need to restring it. What kind of strings would be easiest on my fingers for sliding and learning and how much do they cost. I know nothing about this stuff. Thanks - sorry if I put this in the wrong category, my thoughts and questions changed as I was writing.