i have shoulder problems, and recently even my cort curbow was too heavy to play without pain. while there's reason to hope for improvement, in the meantime, i gotta have a bass i can play that is so very light that it won't make things worse. after reading, researching, asking around and spending some time at guitar centers near me, i decided that for now it's probably between the traveler ultra-light, which i can't try in person, and one of several kala u-basses. i think the u-bass is fun, and can't wait to try a solid body version, but i'm not sure that the rubbery strings will be as satisfying to play as steel strings. with that in mind the traveler ultra-light weighs in at under 4 pounds, has a 30 inch scale and uses steel strings. so if anyone here has an traveler ultra-light beside DeanT from this thread http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/traveler-bass-940300/ i'd love to hear the pros and cons. and if anyone has played both the kala SUB u-bass and the ultra-light, i'd be happy to hear about 'em both.