Well, howdy, I only know about this thread because one of my pals from the Mediocre Bassist's Club pinged me and a couple of others to comment in that VERY long thread started by the young woman about her experiences. I sorta explained my deal there. I started playing in the early 80s. Had an originals band for about (more than) a decade in LA. Finally just...stopped. I was doing way too many other things, not putting in the time to keep it fresh (I was the singer/songwriter/bassist) and decided I needed to focus on my other creative pursuit, writing. Fast-forward to having sold that first novel, then 5 more and having such a horrible burnout with writing novels, and being under instead of over-employed, and an old high school pal of mine in San Diego who has always played guitar and played in bands said, "When are you going to play bass again?" and I said, "Now? I guess?" Two years later we have a fun band here in SD, a power trio at this point, about four sets of material (originals and covers) and I'm having a blast. Even writing songs -- slowly -- again. I didn't realize how much I missed the bass until I started playing it again. I downsized from that Fender Jazz in my avatar -- it is apparently VERY heavy (I never noticed when I was younger though it was often commented upon), to the point that when I went to pick it up at a guitar shop post setup, the owner said, "Oh, the heavy one? Hey Kate, can you go get that heavy bass?" ANYway, I have small hands as it is so I got a Mustang PJ and picked up a VM Squier Jaguar SS and a Taylor Mini, and it's possible I have another little travel bass (Greg Benton Corsair Mini) and I can stop ANY time thank you. Well, I can actually, because $. Otherwise though... I'm still trying to get a handle on sound and set up and strings and such. I used to play through a MusicMan HD 150 tube head and an EV...it's a weird size, bigger than 15" cabinet -- Mike Soldano the guitar amp maker actually sold it to me. It all sounds amazing but entirely too heavy to deal with on a regular basis so I have a Fender Rumble 200c that does the job. I'm also trying to figure out pedals. Heh. So that's me, more or less! Howdy everyone!