Stumbled across you guys and took a look around, looks great! Hoping I could get some helpful info off you guys and in the process I could help you Bit about me. Been playing bass exclusively for almost 14 years. Did the whole thing of being in a real band, cut demos, got gigs in London, built up a following, tried to get interest, thought wed all be millionaires etc. Then we all left uni, our old guitarist got married and that put it on hold. Humbug!!! However, we got a new guitarist a few years ago and we now do covers gigs (with a bit of originals in between, you never know), which have ranged from pubs to clubs to corporate events to weddings to boats and a hell of a lot of university events (even supporting Razorlight once) I currently play through a Tanglewood TEB 100 4 string, through a Digi tech BP 200 processor and out of a Laney RGB 300 Combo as my main rig. Other basses I use are a Jim Henley (I think its called that) Jazz Precision, and a semi acoustic fretted and semi acoustic fretless. I consider myself to be very good technically (finger-style, slap and pop, tapping, the lot), my actual musical theory is quite sound (can recognise notes through sound, read music, understand improvised riffs) but my main failing and why I am here is equipment and their associations. I know nowt!!! I just tweak with dials until I get what I like, if someone tells me if I need more gain, reverb and mid through a PA, I will probably look at them blankly. Whether my pick ups are humbucker or not means sod all to me, and all I know is that Stingrays are good basses and Trace Elliots aint bad amps. Ill be asking a lot of questions! Anyway, thanks very much guys and gals, and I hope I can be of service to you too. Ill be offline in about 10 mins so please dont think me rude if I dont respond til tomorrow. BTW: My bass inspirations, Flea, Larry Graham, Jon Entwistle, Noel Reading, Jaco Pastorius among other Cheers!!!!