Happier than whom? And yeah, I looked at the links and found them largely irrelevant. Because they make an oft-repeated assumption. Buying gear creates a financial burden. For some, yes. For others like myself whose buying and selling of gear has largely paid for itself, heck no. As I said, some folks seem to need to believe otherwise. I reread your first post and am surprised that you don't see the negativity and projection on your own words. What's positive about this?: "So, if someone continues to acquire gear, maybe it's a result of them being unhappy with their own lives. And I'm not saying a small amount, we're talking large amounts of gear". Maybe it's not... but I don't see that given any weight. Maybe some feel guilty about owning gear. Maybe some hate their parents. I don't know. The broad brush tying together of acquiring gear and assigned motives strikes me as wishful thinking. There is no template for bassists. There is no universal level of commitment nor interest. If a hobbyist is blowing money he can't afford on gear that will largely only be looked at, maybe they have a problem. On the other end, if a dedicated pro builds up an arsenal that he uses to make money, he's probably unhappy too? That's projecting. And we all don't share the same financial constraints... so a person who could spend tens of thousands of dollars on their interests might not miss a rent payment because they bought some more gear. And are they happy or sad? Who the heck knows? Their actions alone don't prove anything. Several have stated here how unhappy they are, which was tied to their gear. That's too bad. Music and my gear rarely bring me any sadness if at all... quite the opposite. I enjoy the heck out of using my gear. Few things besides family make me as happy as a great musical experience, be it gigging or hanging with other musicians. I get annoyed about things tied to the music business but it doesn't make me unhappy.