Reading through countless threads here makes me think of my own situation. I've been playing since 1968 or so. Yeah, I'm old. But I'm not complaining, not a bit. See, I get to play with other old guys, with 30, 40, even 50 years of experience. We can put a band together in two weeks time (and that's just to work out arrangements). There's no "waiting for my <guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, vocalist, whatever> to straighten out". If we play and someone doesn't "get it" from the start, they're history. No second gigs, no tactful suggestions on how to improve. Just a simple, "you're not going to work out" and the boot. Sure, we run into the occasional sub who makes us roll our eyes and shuffle our feet, but the pain is temporary, and they don't get another call. Anyone else in this enviable position? I should add that I've been asked to play in bands where one or more members wasn't up to snuff. There again, I don't wait around hoping for the best, I cut and run. Life's too short for crappy music, and the older one gets, the shorter it gets!