I just wanted to share a setup trick invented by Al Laszlo from Cincinnati. NO tailpiece, just 4 wires that extend the strings all the way to the endpin (actually 2 wires looped, 1 wire for 2 strings). On most basses this can lead to a great improvement in volume, resonance etc...I highly recommend it. The wires don't need to be extremely thick, just normal steel wire from the hardware store, and to secure the strings to the end of the wire you just need to make a knot (check out the internet, tonns of sites that teach you how to make knots). I went the extra step, just for looks I stripped a thick electrical wire to get the nice looking copper wire, but it's no fun doing it. I am hoping that someone will come up with a finished/ready-to-buy version that will take care of the aesthetics of the knots and wires a bit (copper perhaps, just like my electric wire version). I don't have a digital camera otherwise I would attach a pic, sorry. Stetson has put wires on many basses too.