I am new to TalkBass and thought I would read a few of these posts to get a feel for what goes on in here. My opinion is that a lot of you can be very closed-minded (and even downright mean) when it comes to others and their abilities. I have seen people arguing over the fact that someone in a cover band is not as good as someone that writes original music, I have seen people argue over the fact that someone with a four-string bass is not as good as someone with a 5 and I have seen people telling others who their favorite band or bassist should be and why. I thought we were supposed to be bassists in here.....it shouldn't matter what you play, how you play or why you play - just THAT you play. Think about that people. By the way, I know this is just MY opinion here, but I have heard some of Jaco's playing and I can say with all honesty: I don't see the attraction. Maybe someone could help me out with that one?