Values… Why?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Chad Michael, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. (mods - this is more about values, not about music)

    Why is it that certain people wouldn’t hesitate to let you baby-sit their child, yet you ask to borrow their bass at a gig and they refuse?

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I think the image didn't load :p
  3. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    kids are free. gear is not.

    (kidding, i have no children)
  4. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    You're a lot more likely to get rowdy, go nuts, headbang, etc. when performing.

    I have a hard time imagining that while babysitting.
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I didn't let my relatives babysit my son! So, the basses are definately out of the question!
  6. It costs to repair a bass ? Can't do that to a child :-/

    "Hey there little John, looks like you fell. We'll need to get a new body for you and adjust your action"
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    I think it may just be that people assume that everyone knows just how important children are and how careful you have to be with them, while some people may just think of a bass as a piece of wood and not think it's a big deal if it gets banged up.
  8. It also depends what kind of band you are in, Slayer cover BIG NO. Soft jazz, yeah, probably fine.
  9. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
  10. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I'd loan a bass to most anyone I know would try to take care of it, and bring it back when expected. If it does get dinged, not that big of a deal, we all do it sooner or later.

    I'd MUCH rather loan someone a bass than a rig. You're not going to blow up a bass. Especially when you are running rigs that are around the 4 digit wattages, I'd trust it to no one, unless I knew them well, and knew that they know how to operate, and take care of quality gear. Something as simple as a bad EQ, or driving it just a little louder to beat the triple rectal fire on the other side of the stage can be doom on drivers.
  11. I would never lend my main bass to someone. They can take my crappy Squire in the corner! :D
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    If you put a ding in a child, eventually it will heal. A ding in a bass will not heal.
  13. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I usually will have no problem letting someone I know play my bass, if they need to.

    My pet peeve is when somebody I don't know picks up my bass and starts playing it, without asking. I get even more mad if they do so while I am not present.
  14. jaggedsphere


    Jul 15, 2002
    because bassists think their gear is people and most don't understand that....:bassist:
  15. Babysitting is a nessecary evil. Lending someone your bass is a voluntary one.
  16. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay

    If I know you and trust you somewhat Ill let you jam on my bass, but unless I think you know what you are doing, you arent playing through my rig.

    You slam and thump on the strings like an idiot, and they might wear out a little sooner, you do that through a powerful amp and you can say goodbye to your speakers.

  17. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    I think we're all forgetting the main point - if some looks after your kids their doing YOU a favour.

    Iff you lend them a bass, your doing THEM a favour.

    A straight up game of Give and Take...more Take mind ;)
  18. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Let you????? Interesting choice of words.

    I'm with Yoshi on this one.
  19. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    I have no problem lending my bass to a serious bassist - or even a serious musician - but, I probably won't lend it to a 14 year old kid who wants to impress his/her buddies by getting on a real stage to play the one Metallica riff (s)he thinks (s)he knows... :rolleyes:
  20. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Well, I guess I sorta agree on that. I'd lend any one of my basses to a blues/jazz guy, or somebody like my friend Brad, who moves about as much as the Ox did.

    Now, if I was me, and I asked lend me an axe, I'd probably decline. While I look like I'm abusing the bass and myself, I'm acrually rather carefull with both, and all dings/dents come from my own stupidity at practice or sitting at home. Oddly enough, never even put a scratch on it on stage.

    But, I think it's more vibe than anything. I'd like to think I get a pretty accurate first impression of folks, and I'm rarely wrong, so I kinda feel the person out before I say yes or no.