I discovered TalkBass a couple of years ago when I was looking for a Genzler Magellan 800 (great amp!). I purchased it from the TB store. I eventually started clicking around and found the Classifieds section. As someone who was tired of the eBay and Reverb fees I was paying, not to mention all the lowball offers on those sites, I became a paying member of TB for the sole purpose of selling gear. (Yeah, ask me how that lowball thing worked out for me here... lol) Eventually, I got into the forums a bit. After some really nice and informative conversations and a couple of very positive transactions in the Classifieds, I decided to stick around (I mean, I paid for the year. Might as well get my money's worth!). These days, TB has become a daily check-in. I enjoy reading about people's different experiences as bass players and sharing my own. I like looking at the variety of NBDs (although it doesn't help alleviate my GAS). And I enjoy hearing stories of making music from a variety of bass player perspectives. There’s a lot to learn here and a lot of opportunities to contribute to meaningful discussions. But if I have to choose (and I don't), I'll say my favorite part (or at least the most amusing part) is reading a thread post and taking bets in my mind with how long it will take for a specific response. How long will it take for someone to say "weight?" or "neck-dive"? How long before someone provides a link (or five) to an earlier, similar discussion? How long before a very simple question receives the most over-the-top technical answer known to man (those are always impressive for the effort alone) How many pages will EVERY "P or J" thread go? And how many comments in those "P or J" threads will be the equivalent of "not this again"? How long will it take, after I say "I sometimes plug direct into an amp" in the Effects forum for me to get a warning from a moderator? (happened once. I learned my lesson. ) But seriously, I think it all comes down to people. I like people. I'm a people-watcher. Sometimes I'm a people-instigator or a people-enabler. But most importantly, I like connecting with people around a common, mutual passion, like the bass guitar. And, of course, bass people are the best people in the world (or at least in the band!). What brings you here & keeps you coming back?