How much influence do you think a popular bassist has by playing particular equipment? Obviously, they must have quite a bit because most large manufacturers seem to have at least a few endorsers. I remember back when I was a teenager, I was (and still am) a big Rush fan. At that time, Geddy was playing Wal basses and I wanted his black 4-string Wal bad for a couple of years. I had never even seen one out of print or even tried one, but it was such a cool looking bass. I had his picture posted up on my *wall* and looked at it constantly. That wore off after a while and now I just buy equipment I like and I am not so much influenced by the ads or players. Tell us any stories you may have that includes the "power of endorsement".