I started on bass with a 30" (Framus Star-Bass), graduated to 34" (Fender Telecaster bass, Kramer DMZ) with no problem, and hope someday to move to a long-scale six-string. I have long fingers (XL gloves only), but I think most players can adapt to longer scale lengths if they care to.
(Minotaur, you have a PM.)
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream." - Frank Zappa