For years I've seen people quote Marcus on things like getting one bass and only playing it. And for longer than that the cheap vs. expensive debate has continued. I've lost track of how often I've seen folks claim that something like a Sire blows away boutique basses (no doubt true for some but... ). Often when you dig down some haven't actually played higher quality basses set up for them. In a recent interview Marcus dropped this: Expensive habits We note that, no matter what bass he’s playing, Miller always sounds very much like Miller. If he can do all that on a $500 bass, does the world need $5000 basses? “There are certain things that expensive basses do really well. For a gear expert, I don’t think a Sire can compete with a $5,000 bass, mostly because of the quality of the components. But the sound is good. I think there is the need for both kinds of bass.” I agree. There's a place for both so I've never really understood the need to dismiss either. Probably has nothing to do with the basses.