Hurray! Bad-times thread! What is your saddest moment as a bassist? I have two, one is more sad but turned out fine, the other isn't so bad, but is now forever with me. One day I had my brand new super redhead in the back of my Explorer, and like an idiot, I didn't tie it down. Well you can probably see whats coming next, I took a turn to sharp after I forgot it was back there, and it fell right over, hard too. I was scared I had broken something, but played it off, optimisticly thinking it was a tough amp and was fine, I mean I had straight up dropped my fender BXR100 a few times and it still works great. I got to practice, and set it up, nervous as hell. I turned it on, and as soon as a tapped my E string, an atrocious screech shot out. I quickly turned it off, and was seriously on the verge of crying. I'm only 17, I work at Taco Bell and I saved up every penny of every paycheck I got for several months untill I had $950 and could afford it, and now, no more than 5 days later, I was sure it was dead. Then I remembered it was a tube preamp. Luckily my dads guitarist had generously given me about 5 different 12AX7s to try out in my new amp. So I opened it up and took out the tube. It looked fine, but sure enough, I replaced it and it worked better than before. the embarrassment of freaking out in front of my two guitarist turned out to be the worst part. The other story doesn't have a happy ending, it just sucks, but guess it could be worse. I had just got my vintage, mint condition, Hamer Standard bass for a steal at Music Go Round, only $200, blew over half a paycheck on it, but well worth it still (GREAT playing, looking, and sounding bass, grab one if you ever get the chance). On the ride back, I threw it in the back of my Explorer (it's always that damn Explorer) and made my way home. On 121, some ******* cut me off to get on the right exit, I slammed my brakes to keep from running into the sob, and my shinny new Hamer fell and hit some random piece of metal sticking out of the back of my passenger seat, and now it has a big gash on the side of it. I was once again nearly crying, but more just wanted to find that guy who cut me off and beat him with a pole or somethin. Somebody one-up me. I'm sure somebody here has had a Rickenbacker get kicked in half by a vengeful x, or a Warwick spontaneously combust, or a vintage SVT fall of a ledge or something.