i've just experienced a pattern in myself.( again) i just saw a double bassist (older man) playing on the weekend he had a lovely old bass with a nice easy setup, it sounded great , not fantastic but nice. I've splent alot of money creating the bass that i wanted, sound, strings, string height etc.. But when i saw/heard this guys bass i instantly dismisted all the $$ and hard work i had put into my bass and decided he and his bass were BETTER than mine. so then for the next day my pour wife has to put up with me being down and saying i NEEEED a new bass, just so i can TRY to create exactly what this guy has, which in reality is impossible. We talked. I realized a couple of things. 1. A new bass isn't going to fill my need. 2. All i wanted was exceptence from this guy and his band, thinking if i had his exact setup and bass i could play in there band, which means they'll all like me( fullfilling the role of my father who i didn't see much of when i was a kid. 3. A new bass may make me feel inspired to play, but for how long? 4. For me, it's ok to not feel inpired 24/7.