In my Video class we're doing a video scrap book about whatever we wanted and I chose to do it on my favorite bass players. So I was sitting there pasting my pics of Norwood and Geezer on, and this girl asked me what I was doing my project on. I told her my favorite bass players and she didn't know what it was, she said "isn't that like drums or something". And it occurred to me when I read the article about Michael Dimin where he calls Jaco a household name, but Jaco is only a household name amongst our little community of bass players. Most of the general public know nothing about bass. they know nothing about Tom Hamilton, but can tell you what kind of car Steven Tyler and Joe Perry drive. It's amazing how much bass players are ignored, and how nobody has virtually any knowledge of the instrument. I believe what would solve this problem would be a great solo bass artist who makes a giant impact on the music scene. Actually it would probably take several. Bass Players need a Jimi Hendrix or a Stevie Ray Vaughn before people will start paying attention. then maybe I will stop seeing toys with four strings being marketed as guitars and maybe people will give us some attention. It's probably about 30x harder for a solo bass artist to make it than a solo guitarist, and I don't think that's right, and the same should go for every instrument.