I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this...but it seems appropriate as it does directly relate to performance (or at least the ability to perform). I just bought a Tascam CD-BT1mkII Bass Guitar Trainer today. I'll get it on Monday. This isn't really so much about the device, but rather something that will allow me to play out next week. I really needed something like this as I have just joined a band and have to learn 80 songs by Friday (20th)...well, I'm down to 55 songs, but if I would have had this from the outset, I'd be much further along. In my current situation, I only have two ways to practice...neither being ideal. 1. In my living room; Use the CD player in my entertainment center, and plug into my little practice amp. The CD remote is great for rewinding the CD/skipping tracks, etc. This works for practicing, however...I have four kids and it can get pretty noisy and I get interrupted constantly. Plus I can only practice when my 7 month old is awake, as even when my amp and CD player volume is down low, it still wakes her up sometimes. I really have to take advantage of every waking moment. I can't ever practice past 9:00PM this way. 2. In either my living room or my bedroom. Use my laptop and play the music using Transcribe (great, cheap software) and use headphones. Problem is, I still have to use my amp to play my bass through (no way to run my amp through anything for headphone use). I also have to keep one side of the headphones off one ear to hear my amp. Plus having to stop and use the keyboard and mouse to control the playback is kind of klunky. But now with the CD Bass Trainer, I can plug my bass into, and play a CD, all in the same device and listen to both through my headphones. PLUS it allows me to loop song sections, change the pitch without affecting the speed...or change the speed without affecting pitch, EQ my bass, boost or cut the bass track on the CD playback, and it has a built in tuner, etc., etc. etc. While I haven't used it yet, I can see where this will be a big help to me. I will now be able to practice anywhere, at any time, day or night and not bother anyone...and the kids can fight all they want and I can just keep right on practicing. Very cool unit. Best thing I've seen for practicing...for only $149!!! How do the rest of you (that have families) practice? I wish I would have gotten something like this years ago.