So, I answer a Craigslist ad for a bassist. Mostly classic rock. Band losing their bass player due to a career change .... They ask that I meet them first, at a neutral location, to talk, get to know each other. I think this is a good idea, so we do. Things go OK, they ask me to come over to jam. I do so. I go to XXXXs house. We end up in his garage, a one car garage. I bring a small but powerful combo. Both guitarists show up with 100W heads and 4X12 cabs. So much for keeping it quiet. I set up my stuff. We go through a few tunes, and even though I've angled the Walkabout up towards my head, I can't hear myself. Both guitarists are so loud that ... well, you get the idea. The drummer, while not heavy handed, is still loud. And he speeds up/slows down constantly, in addition to a wandering left/right foot. The "rhythm" guitar player actually has better chops than the lead player. Lead singer is not bad, but not much better than average. Drummer does nice vocals on certain songs. Most of what we play is stuff I've done before, with a few I haven't. It's clear to me that their chops aren't really all that great... what I'd consider average (or what most folks would consider average). At the end, they ask me what I think - I tell them I'd let them know. And yes, I thought about it. I email them, bowing out. They email me back, telling me that they feel the same. While I agree, I don't think it's for the same reasons. It was clear to me that they had: 1 - no sense of dynamics. 2 - no sense of volume. 3 - no sense of feel. 4 - no sense of an even tempo. Makes me wonder why I even bother sometimes. Thoughts?