sorry if this has been posted/discussed before, but how many of you have made the decision to try/buy a certain piece of gear because one of your bass heroes used it? i myself tried rotosound heavy gauge flats because of steve harris, didnt pan out. tried dr hibeams because of geezer butler. didnt like'em at first, went back to d'addario for a few years and tried hibeams again, loved'em the second time around. tried multiple picks from dunlop because jason newsted and david ellefson used them. tried the purple (1.14mm) blue (1mm) and green (.88mm) and the green turned out to be the one that worked best for me. got a 5-string bass because newsted/ellefson and multiple other players were using them, turned out to really like the bonus of that low-b. scoured ebay for a long time to find a lefty aria pro II because cliff burton used one. found an '83 sb-elite I for $450 back in '03. have used it off and on throughout the years and decided it's not for me, due to the lack of a forearm contour. it makes it uncomfortable to play. so what have been your experiences trying a piece of gear that a hero of yours used and how did that work out for you?