Last night I was honored to join the illustrious SBCA (String Breaker Club of America). The band was well into our third and last set when I notice the A string felt kind of floppy. I tried to play with the string on the bass but had to stop playing and unwind the string and let it hang down. I finished the song on the remaining 3 strings really having to think my way through the song. After the song I put my bass in the stand and raced over to the lead singer to tell her what happened. The band then switched to an acoustic guitar song while I raced out to my car. Boy, if string changing was an Olympic event I would have certainly qualified. I finished tuning up just as they were finishing the song. I don't normally carry an extra set of strings in my gig bag. I mean what are the changes of breaking a string? ;-) Luckily I had the foresight to put a set in my car. I will never not have an extra set with me again!