Bass players are their own worst enemy... I’ve played keys in touring/weekend warrior bands for years. From experience, I know keyboard players are not usually the focal point. Case in point. I’ve been called to sub, and sit in with bands I’ve never even practiced with. “Just come and play the gig”. I have a few friends that have “made it” in the keyboard world. Three guys in particular that are all playing stadiums, festivals and auditoriums around the world. They are all varying degrees of very successful at what they do. All three of them have joined me at some point on stage to no fanfare. Absolutely no one knew or cared who they were... With that said... I’ve always... almost always carried heavy equipment. I’m not talking SVT 810 heavy. I’m talking 300lb Hammond Organ, 300lb Yamaha CP70, 150lb Fender Rhodes plus synths and amps heavy... All of these moved into and out of the venue with the help of hand-trucks, dollies, and bandmates. I’ve never had a problem. I’ve never been left behind. I’ve never gotten complaints that my rig was too big/heavy. It was all for the love of the craft. I’ve volunteered to bring lighter newer boards... Time and time again everyone wants to see and hear the older heavy keys. And... for those of you that complain about space in your CAR... I even had to buy my own trailer. Five years ago I decided to take bass playing seriously. I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I didn’t know if I would be good. I didn’t have the deep love for the pocket that I have now. I didn’t have the relationship with drummers I have now. But... I f’n love it. I love playing bass, I love the rhythm section. The whole damn thing is magical. Just like any other instrument... Bass can make or break a song, which brings me to my point. Until I started perusing TalkBass, I had no idea bass players were so worried about weight. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever played with a bass player worried about weight. Maybe this is a relatively new thing? Think about this... Guitar players roll out all the mighty tube driven gear they can afford. No one complains. The more drums the drummer has the happier everyone is. The keyboard player shows up with a B3, everyone cheers. The bass player has to shop for class D amps and neo cabinets??? to save their back??? ***??? Why are you, as bass players giving up your SVT’s? Why aren’t you getting help moving the fridge. I help everyone else move their rig, and they help me with mine. Why does the sacrifice fall on the bass player? Why not have a class D Leslie, or a class D Twin Reverb... Stop with the BS. Gig your 100lb head with your 150lb cab. Hold your ground. For the love of everything that is great about rock and roll, Save The Bass! ***edit*** Well... I certainly didn’t intend to upset everyone so much. When I wrote this post, truthfully, I thought I was making good points that some of you might appreciate. I was wrong... I’m playing a big bass rig now. My bandmates are all helpful when I need to move it. None of them want me to downsize. This is always the way it’s been for me. My back still works... I guess I’ve been lucky. What I’m saying is, my perspective on all this is obviously very naive. I’ll try to be more sensitive to the TalkBass community in the future. I really “kicked a hornets nest” here, and I regret it. Truce!