I've been trolling the pages here for a while now and have come to a few conclusions about bass players (and I include myself in this list). Remember, this is not a scientific study. No animals were hurt during testing. 1. Everyone wants a different, better bass, even if they are really happy with the one they have. Case in point: the phrase "this is the best bass I've ever played, but I need to sell it in order to buy...", which comes second only to "which bass is better?". Like I said, I'm guilty of this too. I one botique bass that costs more than my car and an inexpensive punk bass that everyone loves, yet I'm always looking for something just a bit better. The grass is always greener... 2. Bass players have serious multi-string neurosis. Should basses only have four strings? Will I ever get a date if I play a 9 string? Again, I suffer from the same illness. I play a six. I'm ok with that. One of my favorite bassists ever is Mark Sandman, who only played a two string bass. Go figure. 3. There are not enough female bassists, here or out on stage. I don't mean that in any kind of sexist way, or because I'm looking to have a hot online jam session with someone of the opposite sex. It just strikes me that there are very few female bassists around and I wonder why that is. I live near two all-women colleges with a vibrant music scene, yet I can only think of one female bassist, and she's a guitarist first. Another one of my fave all-time bassists is Tina Weymouth. Talk about some basslines that will fill a dance floor. 4. Everyone likes fancy, imported, rare wood. I do too. But aside from a very thoughtful section of the old Bunnybass site, I almost never see any high-end bass makers talking about the fact that this wood is getting scarce and sometimes the process of removing the wood can disrupt ecosystems. Matt at FBB offers an all-domestic wood option. I wish more botique builders did the same. Also, I would hasten a guess that most listeners will never hear the difference in a live situation between different kinds of wood. 5. This is a cool site and a good resource. I think the bass is the best instrument in the world. Everyone (including me) should remember this and make sure to spend more time per day playing the bass than being online. Like I said, start throwing your tomatoes.