It's timely that this thread should come up again. I've used an 18" bass the last 7 or so years since I started college. I was being paid to play in the pit orchestra for all the school's theater performances and needed a small kit. Now I'm playing for the local high school pit band and their pit is a lot larger. I love my little jazz kit but I've been debating purchasing a 22" bass for a couple months now. Reading back through this thread only confuses me more.