I saw a top notch gospel bassist in a Fred Hammond concert video playing the heck out of a Cirrus 5 just like mine. I kept staring at it and staring at it and telling myself. Na, it's got to be a MTD. You can't get all that sound out of a Cirrus can you? Besides it's a Peavey! Who plays a Peavey at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas? Then there's a close up, and sure enough, it's a Cirrus. I was shocked. But why? You see production basses in use all the time on the tube. Not to mention that awful looking P Bass that Sting hitches up. My question is this. When factoring all the things you want out of a bass, including absolute musts for performance (staying in tune, absence of hum, for example), do you need a high quality bass to perform or record with, or can you use a bargain bass right off the rack?