I'm serious about this. I see lots of threads about is it OK to play a 35 scale but never any from the other perspective. Maybe it's because I only started playing bass 6 years ago in my mid-somethings and started on a ibanez, maybe it's because I don't get tennis elbow if I play anything longer than a 30" scale on a regular basis, or maybe it's because I'm not a lead singer and don't have to try to play everything without looking down (as best I can LOL!). But I don't get it... why would anyone handicap themselves by playing a bass that is shorter than necessary. 35 scales are easier to play no question. I don't think that's even worth debating. The selection of 35s is better than ever (and there should be more...). String selection is no longer a problem and tension issues can be resolved with the right strings (again it could still be better and will be once everyone switches to 35 scale ). Tone is pretty subjective and for God's sake, most personal preferences can be solved by string choices and amp settings. So why do you guys play <35"s? Do you like clubbing your lead guitarist and/or singer in the head? Are you challenged by the shorter scale? Is it an image thing? Is it tone? Is it Machisomo? I used to think it was an image thing, but in the 100+ shows I've played with 35 scales not one person has ever said 'hey... your bass is too long'. In fact when I tell people I play a 35 scale, they are totally mystified by what I am saying. So why are you still playing a <35" bass?