A friend's band is having trouble finding a new bassist - they put out some ads last week and got not a single reply. They're a death metal band that's been around for about two years - http://www.myspace.com/immersionpoland I told her to write some new ads that make them look more attractive to bassists - mention that they gig regularly (for a death metal band, at least), if possible include a picture where you can see they draw good crowds, don't include a list of demands, and definitely remove the mention that the bassist must like beer because that makes it seem like they get wasted at gigs (which they don't). Basically look like a successful and functioning band that happens to need a new bassist. This is a good-sized city and the university students are starting classes in a week or so, so there are plenty of bassists around. There are about three times as many bands that need a bassist as there are bassists, though, so you gotta be an attractive option. What else would make you interested in responding to an ad/joining a band? Am I thinking too much like a commercial pop musician here?