Sorry if i'm stating the obvious here. I know I can be kinda SLOW sometimes. I think it would be cool if everybody would take some time to fill out their profiles to give an accurate representation of themselves. Age, style of music played,of course gear owned influences etc... I have decided for myself that I will take the time to read the profiles of others before responding to them just so I can get a feel where they are coming from. See told ya I'm kinda slow. I'm an average Joe type of guy who has a day job and gigs on weekends with my cover band. I think the info in my profile reflects that. While I feel that everybody's opinion has value and I certainly can learn from everyone from full time pros to newbies. I think it would be helpful in approaching a conversation. For instance If I were talking to someone who was a full time pro, I certainly would put value in what that person has to say about touring full time and all that goes along with it. If I were talking to a teenage kid just starting out, I may be able to offer some advice since I've been in his/her position before. Maybe saving them some grief by advising them to avoid thuis or that etc... reading a properly filled out profile could also help you to avoid discussing some "hot button" issues with someone if you knew they might be sensitive to that issue. If someones profile read that they played bass in church in a praise and worship band. That could lead to discussion on that subject if that's what suits you. Or you could avoid talking to that person altogether If that topic bothers you. If someone describes them self as psycho, and Evil and lists Satan as a musical influence or teacher. Well then you kinda know where that person is coming from and may want to consider that in your discussion or choose not to talk with that person all together. anyway just a friendly suggestion from an average Joe bass player. Fill out those profiles so we can all read them and get to know each other better, or not.