...is what a friend asked me. Well, my response was: most punk musicians don't have the $$ for really nice gear. Most nice basses cost quite a bit of money, but occasionally you come across a really, really good deal. I think I have really good gear. I've worked hard for it. I take care of it. No stickers, no major scratches or dings. I know i haven't gigged much, but it makes me think some people look for crappy gear so not to become an outcast from the punk society. I can count the instruments I've seen at punk shows that are in decent condition. That gets me to thinking about someone's respect for their instrument. I don't baby my instruments, but I don't pull a Pete Townsend either.