I am asking myself that for long time ? Are bass players from other planet? u are right i am talking bout money spend for equipment. good or semi profesional bass -1000 $ good combo(u must feel the bas)for begining and first gig-1000$ strings-from 30$ up and than if u are good than comes large gigs and u must buy professional equipment. bass- 3000 $ rig-from 3000$ up Now i know why many people plays guitar or drums or sing rather than play bass. What u think am i right?