Hello all, I've just bought my third Bass, the others are long gone, i have tried twice to learn to play and failed, dismally! first effort was well before the internet was a common thing and i bought an instruction book and thought i could follow along, nope............ Second attempt was a little more dedicated, same book, the internet was reasonably new and i didn't own a computer but the library had one and i found some help there but frankly, not much. The last straw for me was two teachers i tried, both tried to convert me to guitar, both said it was "inevitable". I quit, feeling both frustration and dismay. This time it's different, honest! i'm older (much!) i have a better understanding of the commitment needed to get to a stage where i can at least enjoy playing alone and hopefully getting better, i have the internet at my disposal along with the thousands of tutorials on you tube, free lesson channels and of course, the TalkBass forum. Thanks to the forum BTW, i was looking for a reasonable Bass and through reviews and opinions here and elsewhere i settled on a Sterling by MusicMan Ray 34, Vintage quilted maple top in amber, i've always loved the style of the stingray and this was on sale at a music shop so.... I have a Landmark 60 combo i picked up second hand that is immaculate, something i can hopefully grow into along with the Ray. Be prepared for plenty of stupid questions but mostly i'll be lurking and soaking up what i can glean from past threads/posts, i hope to become a contributing member of your community in time so cheers! Paul.