Hi. You've probably had this question many times before but .. here I go. I'm looking to buy a bass. What and how should I be choosing. I come from a guitar background, mostly classical, nylon strung. I fancy a climb over the fence to bass ( 4 strings to start with I think) . I intend to use a store to buy my bass so that I can try as many as possible : I do not have the knowledge to scour the used columns and spot a good instrument. Anyway ; What are the ad/disadvantages of a short scale (32 inch?) as opposed to a standard scale (34 inch ?), I do not have shovels for hands and wonder whether I should choose a shorter scale to start with. The advantages/disadvantages of active circuitry in the bass - advice on active circuitry that does not take you a month of Sundays to get a particular sound from would be well received, Is it essential to have a neck/bridge pick-up configuration to get the full range of tones from a bass. My intention is to choose a bass from a large manufacturer (Fender/Warwick/Status/Musicman) on the basis that they will be tried and trusted. Good idea ? My favorite sound is an electric bass that sounds like an amplified energetic string bass : full round tones, equality of sounds across the strings and up the neck with a nice jump and spring in its step. I haven't explained that particularly well : the sort of sound Richard McCracken gets on the first two Taste albums for example. Graphite material in construction - not come across this in classical guitars, although some makers I believe are starting to use it to get volume out of the instrument. Is a graphite neck adjustable like a wood neck, are there any issues with repairs ( I think of wood as the ultimate repairable material). What fingerboard material is considered best on a bass. On a classical guitar it would probably be ebony : the same with a bass? Best basses for holding their value - I may get fed up of running out of strings on 3 octave scales. There again I may just learn to play them properly on the bass! My budget is up to 600 UK Sterling. I am open to new or used bass , but as mentiuoned earlier will purchase through a tore. Thanks in advance for your help . I shall of course post up my final purchase for you to groan/applaud.