Hello there, thanks for allowing me to join the forum. I live in Upstate NY, in the Finger Lakes region. I am currently taking lessons and learning the basics. I am absorbing everything I can in reading as many old threads as I can. I have the very basics, a Silvertone Bass and a non-bass guitar amp that was given to me. I'm working on taking all the info in on gear and brands from the forum to upgrade one thing at a time. It's a big scary new world out there for learning about what to buy and don't buy. I hope I can be a productive member here for a long time to come.