OK, so when I first checked in here many years ago as a dedicated 32" medium scaler, there was a lot of resistance - and I was criticized for going against the grain of the 34" scale "standard". Lots of time has passed, and I now see the short and medium scale threads on the first page of this Bass Forum a few times a week. We seem to be learning that one size does not always fit all. While some like to play instruments that might be a little shorter than the Leo standard, many like to go even longer, into the 35" scales and even 36" or longer. I don't know if this will evolve into a popular topic or not, but I would love to hear the deets about your journey away from standard 34" scale. What was your motivation, what made you stick your toe in the water, what put the icing on the cake? Hands too big? Hands too small? Reach not comfy? A playability issue? A medical issue? Have you abandoned 34" scale or are you hanging in there with it - and still experimenting with other scales at the same time? I will go first. I learned bass from some Mel Bay trained guitar players at twelve years old, and the four finger, or "fret per finger" technique they showed me - appealed to me and made sense to me. After all, I always thought it was called "bass guitar". I dedicated myself to the technique. I later found that I couldn't use my "fret per finger" technique in the first position without discomfort and sometimes wrist cramping on a full 34" scale. The finger reach was too much, especially on very fast passages. It was in essence a physical limitation due to my short fingers. No need for the technique folks to weigh in with their criticism, believe me I have heard it all - and my technique is fine. However, when I moved to medium scale - the discomfort and cramping completely disappeared and there was no need to ever look back. How about you? Got any stories you'd like to share?