Heya TB'ers! I've been going out quite abit lately and playing out with the band I'm in abit more frequently and I just had to come here and get some fellow bassist' opinions on this. You go out to a live music club or festival and see a bassist on stage with a band. He's playing through a very professional high level rig. The band starts playing and by the end of the first song your ready to vomit because of the debauchery going on. Not only does his/her tone absolutely suck but the blatant mistakes are rampant even on the most simplistic of material. What sparked this was seeing a blues/rock group the other night while out with some friends. I sat with my back to the band drinking a Crown and Coke while the band played "Carry on My Wayward Son" by Kansas. From the first riff I could tell that the bassit was murdering the line and was having alot of trouble staying in time with the guitarist who was on tempo. I look back to see who is raping and pillaging the song and there is a middle aged guy holding an MTD USA 535 with an absolutely beutiful buckeye burl top and running through an Aguilar DB750 and GS412 cab... :scowl: I literally wanted to run up on stage and rip the rig away from him like an ASPCA agent rescueing an abused puppy dog!! To me it was like watching Paris Hilton get into a Ferrari Enzo and hop it over a few curbs before plunging it into a river! _________________________________ To me it wasn't about the guy having very expensive top of the line gear. It was the fact that even after butchering some of my favorite classic rock tunes he had the audacity to attempt a slapping pattern.. in which his little fan section began hooping and hollaring. So what are your experiences with the "Spend your money on lessons instead of gear" syndrom???