So far, I've just been reading and not posting, but I need some help from some of the experts out there. I almost have the "little woman" talked into an URB investment. It'll probably be an Engelhardt EM-1, but I'm going for the ES-1 upgrade with a couple of flowers and a little sweet talking. So far, I've fended off most of her questions (If the Chinese make such good food, how come their basses aren't good, too?)but I need your help with this one. WHY ARE THE "F" HOLES SHAPED THAT WAY? I can make a couple of guesses: >The shape maximizes sound output by increasing the amount of "edge" around the hole, >The shape relieves stress in the top to keep it from cracking, or even make something else up >It stands for "funkicato - Italian for funky?", but I fear that while I'm at work she'll check out the postings from all you experts and the "gig" will be up. I'll be stuck with my JimLaabs acoustic bass guitar forever! Please help me join the club and get an URB.