The thread on 'easy roots and fifths', and another about how you would do things dif if you could go back to the beginning got me reflecting on this... Who else started bass at a crazy young age? I started electric bass at 14. It was 1969. I first noticed a bass in 1965, I was ten, when the University of BC had open house and my student sister dragged me to it. A rock band was warming up. The bass player's noodling around before the band starts, he had a big amp and they played Stones type stuff. I wondered what that thing was, it was not a guitar. I liked it. 4 years later I finally got a bass. My first bass was a used 'Silvertone' that cost under $15, paid by my paper route money. It was horrible. Gear sure has improved. I have multiple electrics and uprights now, some hand made and boutique. Gigs are good too, six paid casuals this week every one a dif band. Played about 5000 gigs since I started bass. Glad I went to that UBC 'open house' 53 years ago.