Hello TBers, It's been a while since I last posted on TB, but today I wanted to bring up what I feel is a rather interesting topic: Believing in the bass. Allow me to elaborate; I spent last night sitting through Michael Manring's clinic for BP Live 2013. After demonstrating his super virtuoso chops, he sat down, and started by saying he "believes in the bass". What this means is that he has basically had utter and complete trust and faith in his instrument, and that playing bass meant the world to him. Before I continue and start threading toes by straying into religious/faith/belief territory, I shall offer my 2 cents on the topic. That being, if a person devotes constant time, affection, energy and attention to his bass, can a bass really start to sound better over time? Perhaps, and I'm bordering on a very loose theory here, that said bass has somehow absorbed the energy it was given, and in time be able to project back this energy in the form of beautiful music? Of course, as many people say, its in the player, not the bass, but perhaps can this be a contributing issue (albeit a small one) to how some old basses that were played extensively throughout their time sound better than their counterparts that were not played as much? I read stories of people who've had the chance to actually play Jaco's fabled Bass of Doom claim it's nothing short of extraordinary and how its sound triumphs over older vintage J-basses. Perhaps Jaco's "energy" somehow transferred into the bass, and projected this energy as sweet, angelic tone? A friend of mine told me this principles applies to even religious statues. When these religious statues are first made, they are sculptures, but over time, as more people worship and pray and devote time and energy to these statues, the statue itself seems to take on a certain presence and energy, at least that's what many come to believe. If this principle can apply to these statues, can it not also apply to bass? Small food for thought, perhaps?