A few thoughts have been rattling around in my head recently after playing a wide variety of basses. If you'll bear with me, I will eventually get to my question! I have a few DB's and they sound wonderful. I've owned lots of EUB's, most recently the NS Design EU 5 string, considered to be a very fine bass in the non-acoustic EUB category. I also have and am trying several BG's. Here's my question. There is a trend in BG's towards longer 'necks'. Standard sizes are 34". You now see 35", 36" and even longer offered. In speaking with several notable luthiers, I was told that while the lower strings benefit from longer playing lengths, the upper strings suffer as they lose tension and tone. It seems that 34" is about right for the 'G' string on a BG. What I've noticed about the slab NS Design 41.5" mensure bass is that the lowest strings are disproportionatley full and loud compared to the upper strings. This seems to confirm the luthier's statement about longer mensure helping the lower strings and working against the uppers. With that very long-winded background, I can get to my question. Why does a real DB sound so balanced on all strings eventhough its mensure is typically 41"+? I can guess at what might contribute but I want to hear from those that know a lot more about this than me (that means just about everyone).