Hey darkside of talkbass, I'm currently in the market for a $13,000-$16,000 bass. I have a bunch from my luthier that I'm trying out, but I'm wondering if you guys have any tips for trialing basses besides the usual answers. I'm taking one of the basses (a 19th century French bass with huge shoulders) on trial this weekend (six orchestra shows) to see if I like it's tone and feel from behind the bass. Next weekend I'm taking another bass probably. So, does anyone have any other trialing tips besides listening to it from the front, playing in a variety of setting, different bows, etc,?