Hey you guys. My name is Andre, I am from Brazil. I ´ve lived in the Us (IL) for 2 years. I had been in about 15 bands throughout my life, but now I am dedicating to only 1 which I think is the one !!! We play-rock-pop-blues-soul-funk-ska-reggae !!!! I ´ve been playing bass since 1999 and I am really glad to say that I am now playing better than ever before. I ´d like to share with you in other topics, specially those who are starting to play now and would love to improve, my discoveries, what I did to get where I am now, hints, etc and of course to learn from all you you who post good stuff here. I´ve got a Music Man Sting Ray 5 HH (that´s their new model), I used to use Ernie Ball Strings (0,045), currenty I have GHS (0,040) on my bass. This bass is the best piece of equipment that I tried Ever !!! I also have a Squire Jazz Bass (25 years old) and an acoustic bass (dean). Before I had a Music Man StingRay 4, I sold it to get the SR5. Yeah, that´s it. See you guys for more discussions related to what I think is the most important instrument in a band (of course all of the others are important too). GROOVE ON !!!!!!!!