I got a call today from a guy who has a rock trio- or would, if he could get a bass player. Music is okay, and gigs, though few, would pay okay for this area. It's a long drive to rehearsal, but don't have to rehearse often. The downside: a couple of d-bag flags popped up during the chat. The biggest: Him: "What kind of bass do you play?" Me: "Well, I'd been playing a customized Yamaha BB300 for around 25 years, but I've switched to an Ibanez SR300 now..." Him: " Aw, yeah, you've got some serious equipment issues, dude..." Um, he would know this how, exactly? What, I said the wrong brand name? He also tried to give (unsolicited) amp advice in which he seriously confused impedance ratings with wattage ratings, telling me that my 700 watt head will push a 200 watt cabinet by running it parallel As much as I've been trying to meet and play with other musicians in my very limited playing area, I don't know if I could ignore those red flags. OTOH, this and other referrals have come from people who didn't pass MY audition criteria. What say ye brethren lowenders?