Hello there. I'm an older fella, been playing for bout 30 years, started at 19. I go to a lot of events and whatnot and meet/jam with a lot of bassplayers. I just have to ask? What's the deal with the flashyness? All these younglings, and even people older than ME coming out with 6-stringed, active, african tonewood basses trampling all over the high notes. In my opinion the bass is a RHYTHM INSTRUMENT, and i just don¨t see the point with all this flash and finesse !! They call it lead bass or "melodic bass" I think a bassist should keep a groove, keep away from the high tones and K.I.S.S !! Just give me a precision, some nice roto 77''s and a groove to hold Anyone wanna chime in?