Read an OP's thread this a.m. saying he was new to bass & thought it might be a good way to learn a stringed instrument on his/her way to guitar. It got me thinking it might be interesting to hear why folks start and how that perception has changed over the years. I read in Sir Paul's bio that he picked it up because nobody else wanted to be stuck in the back where you couldn't "pull the birds." I started because I thought 4 strings would be as easy as falling out of a coconut tree & after watching Sir Paul & the rest of the boys knew that there were indeed birds to be had for musicians. Today, I don't know if it was always there & just needed to be brought out, or if it evolved over time, but I wouldn't want to play anything else and my realization of what a fine instrument it is in its own right has developed and continues to grow. Looking forward to reading others' motivation and evolution in their bass playing development.