Check this out and tell me what you think! I'm referencing Talbass in a short response on the Brown University application. Here's the prompt and my response: We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you. I am currently a registered member of Talkbass.com, an online double bass and electric bass forum. To a non-musician, it may appear to be a huge waste of time. To me, it is a goldmine of information on instruments, amplifiers, technique, history, and thousands of other completely irrelevant topics. The best way to describe Talkbass.com is a message board with over 200,000 members that share, discuss, and analyze information. Having access to this amazing community has allowed me to learn a great deal about the bass guitar and upright bass. It has allowed to me make informed decisions when buying equipment, discover new gear, learn new techniques, and even buy used products from other users. However, even more important than the information it has given me is how it has shown me the power of positive energy in a large group. Talkbass.com is a rare oasis in my competitive, crazy world that allows me to escape to a place where I can learn with thousands of like minded people.