Slightly reposting from another thread, but I think this could use some discussion: Has the market simply over saturated itself, in terms of supply and demand with Basses and bass gear? Would used prices actually skyrocket if production decreased? There are a lot of us on these forums that own enough instruments to supply 3 or 4 other bassists with a primary and backup......is there really any factual demand on the existing supply in that case? Won't we see the demand drop, and the supply rise as folks that are hoarding pass away or sell their collections? Seems like the number of kids getting into music now is substantially less than when I started 20 years ago, so that would correlate with a drop off in demand. Our population isn't exploding so there's not enough new folks coming into the world for the offset in percentages (e.g. if say 10% of high school kids learn an instrument now, compared to 20% in 1994, but the population of high school kids haven't doubled.) From my view of the situation the market is clearly over saturated which is why we're seeing such low resale values. Kids getting into music now aren't even necessarily starting bands, as it's pretty easy to indulge your muse solo with sampling, et al. So that'll correlate to a decrease in demand, especially for bass which is, traditionally, a support instrument. Just my thoughts, I'm leaning towards the view that prices would probably not increase much even if production ceased entirely for a few years.