In light of the recent rash of amputation-related threads ("Would you cut off your own arm?", "Say you were going to have to lose a finger...", that tongue thread to some extent, etc), I'm going to take this opportunity to address something that's been occasionally running through my mind ever since I did that project on phantom limb pain last semester... Okay, so imagine you've lost an arm or a hand or something. It's obviously quite difficult to play bass (or most other instruments) in any traditional fashion in that condition, so you'd have to stop. The question is, how would this change your status as a musician? Would you give up playing instruments and simply become a mere listener again (as we all once were), or if you're a songwriter, only write songs but not perform them instrumentally? ... Or, being the stubborn asses that we all are , would you adapt yourself or your instrument so you could play it? ... Or would you take up a completely different instrument? ... Or [insert your answer here]. I know I could never give up music; I would certainly continue singing and writing songs. I'd probably sell off most of my bass gear, perhaps keep one of my basses and relearn how to play with one-hand tapping if I'd lost my right hand. If that didn't work, I think I'd take up trumpet; I've always rather liked trumpet and you only really need one hand to play it anyway... So those are my thoughts; what are yours? I didn't include some stupid poll because there are way too many possible answers. Discuss.