I've noticed that when a lot of the over 40 TB members, tell the tale of their involvement with our beloved instrument, that there is a "gap," a period of time beginning somewhere in their 20s when, for one reason or another, they abandon playing. It sometimes is because of frustration, not playing as well as you think you should for the amount of time invested, or simply because of life; ie, getting married, high pressure job, etc. Has this happened to you? I have a theory that this "bass gap" has happened to quite a few, if not the majority of us. What's your story? You don't have to be over 40 to respond, I just picked that as the "re-entry" age. I think many of us older members will have similar stories, and the younger ones can learn where not to stumble as we did. My tale: I started playing at about 14, with no formal training, and played in 3 garage bands that went absolutely nowhere due to infighting about what type of music to play. The only reason I put up with this nonsense was to get expeience playing. At about 25 or so, I got serious with a girl I was going with and my playing slowly ebbed, but never stopped. I stayed at this coma level until about 2 years ago, and have gone berzerk ever since. I'm not in a band now, but jam with whoever I can in my neighborhood, and practice almost every day. What I'd like to do is start a Zydeco band. Who knows if this will happen, but, just picking up one of my basses is such a pleasure, I can't imagine ever stopping again. I'll be 45 in less than two months. Your turn. Mike J.