I'm an a**hole and the only reason a band would ever hire me is because there's no other bass player around. Luckily, this is the case. What I'm wondering is if I have to compete with pianists. Can a piano take the place of a bass? It can play in the same register as bass, but does it really lock in with the drums? Is it the bass guitar that's inportant, or just how low you play? If a pianist came along could my band kick me out and replace me with a pianist? Am I the only one that thinks saying pianist is funny?