Apologies for the long post. I've been talking to some friends (not musicians) about the implications of buying an expensive bass, and I'm curious what other bass players' opinions are on the subject. We're all familiar with GAS, and as someone who has only been playing bass for 2 years, it's still a relatively new concept for me. I have some decent enough basses, I absolutely love playing and studying, I've played a handful of gigs, and I'm getting to a stage where I feel like I know more or less exactly what I need from a bass, which has inevitably led to a bad case of GAS. The bass in question happens to be a Sadowsky Metro Hybrid PJ, which - whilst not 'insanely' expensive - still costs about 3 times what I've paid for any bass up until now. It's a lot of money. My friends (all of whom are into snowboarding) were talking about how a lot of snowboarders with brand new, expensive 'pro' gear tend to actually be the least skilled and least experienced riders, who just like to look the part - and because of this there is a bad stigma attached to owning expensive snowboard gear - unless of course you are sponsored and a veteran boarder, in which case you 'deserve' to ride and wear the best stuff. I'm wondering if the same kind of thing exists amongst bass players. Is it 'bad' for someone who's only been playing for a couple of years to own / play a Sadowsky? There are a lot of pros and excellent players amongst you here on TB, who truly 'deserve' to play these kind of instruments. Part of me feels that I should put some more years and effort in before I deserve the dream bass, but another part of me knows that having the perfect bass will make me play more, and probably make me sound better at the same time. Anyone have any thoughts about this?