I just returned from my Sunday gig, an "unplugged" affair on which I've been playing fretless bass for the past twelve years. It's a brewpub gig, with no stage, and the crowd is seated pretty close to the band. Fun gig, lots of solos. Anyway, some drunks out dancing tonight reminded me of a disaster six months ago in which some drunk fell on the band, driving my mic stand in to the neck of my $4500 bass, and causing a nice ding. I spent eight hours with super glues and buffing compound to fix it. At times like that I think that it doesn't pay to bring a really nice bass to a bar gig. Then, on second thought, what's the point of owning it if it sits at home? So I'd like to ask those of you that own boutique basses, do you take them out regularly to gigs in bars? Do you use them only in concert or recording situations? Do they have a place in the "real world" of spilled beer, smokey rooms, and knucklehead drunks? Interested to hear your experiences and attitudes.