i used to run into this a lot on AGF, and i see it here and at vdrums periodically - a player, new or on a budget, who doubtfully asks whether their instrument is "good enough" to gig with. they sometimes denigrate their gear by starting off telling us that they know it's crappy or only entry level even though when asked they like the sound / features / playability. i'm talking about for example a $200 squier or ibanez gio (yesterday it was a yamaha DTX532 drum kit). or an epiphone acoustic as opposed to a gibson. and i think boards are at least part of the problem. there's so much info and discussion, and when you read that your bass, guitar, keyboard or whatever is budget / entry level, which often they didn't know when buying it, it seems many players feel that entry level equates with "shame on you - you shouldn't play this instrument in public!" i used to gig with a $169 yamaha bass sometimes, and not only did the bands i played with not complain, they said i had great tone. also the audience didn't walk out or spit on me. some would even come over and tell us how great we sounded. and i owned a better (read higher priced) bass, but sometimes the yamaha was what i was in the mood for as it was lighter weight and i liked it overall. it's not like entry level usually means it has training wheels or is just so awful no one would be caught dead playing it. what do you think about this?