After years of practicing, searching, and playing in sub-par bands, I finally got my "dream gig" a few months ago. It was one of those magical situations where everyone clicked musically and spiritually from note one, and I'm now playing the music that I love to play. However, while I would have cut off my own hand to be in the band I'm in now, I was amazed that the drummer and dual-lead guitarists felt the same way about me...that "I" made the band, that "I" was the missing ingredient that "they" had been searching for. According to the other guys in my band, they had been searching for bass players for ever and couldn't find anyone who even came close. I've also heard similar stories from other musicians looking for bass players, told to me when I was going to a lot of auditions. While I realize that the nature of the bass player is changing dramatically as the days turn into weeks and weeks into months (almost like the computer chip industry), I was amazed to hear from so many local musicians (Chicago area) that bass players are in such high demand right now. When I started playing drums in Jr. High/High School in the late '80's & early '90's, most bass players that I knew were frustrated guitar players and got the job by default. They weren't really interested in the instrument, per se, but the band had to have a bass player, and it was either "play bass or go home and mow the yard"...mowing the yard not being the best way to get girls in the 8th grade, etc. However, the "frustrated guitarist" things doesn't really apply anymore, as more and more kids are CHOOSING the bass as their primary instrument, or gravitating to it by necessity as I did (because hauling a drum set sucks), and I would think that there are more tallented, accomplished, practiced, and skilled bass players than ever. Are bass players in such high demand becaue so many are unreliable (I'm always on time, am extremely agreeable, don't drink/smoke/etc.), or might it be that so many who choose the bass just aren't stylistically compatable with the common gig? I would guess that MOST bands and most gigs don't require massive, extended range bassists with slapping, tapping, and weedeling chops out the butt. Yet, I get the feeling that this is where most "modern" bassists are headed, with "most" being a generalizaton. There may also be the scenario that in Seattle, bass players are a dime-a-dozen, but you can't find a guy with a high-hat to save your life. Just wonderin'. Any thoughts and opinions on this are welcome, so please reply and tell me what you think.