I guess this belongs in OT... I was "hired" recently to replace the bassist in a local perfomer's band- He's a very talented singer/guitarist- the music is not rocket-science; just good straight-ahead Blues covers. So much for the background. We played on a week-night at an upscale-local club; the singer's idea was to perform there regularly- no guarantees. We play a set, and it's very good- audience almost non-existent, but the music was nice, so that's what mattered to me. OK- Now- During break- a "guy" comes in and talks to the SInger- he says he has a band, his guitarist is there (with his guitar), and they want to audition a drummer for their engagement. Would it be OK if they played 2-3 songs. The Leader says sure, no prob. THEN-this "guy" says he's the bassist- Turns to me and says "It's OK if I use your bass isn't it?" I say No, it's not. He replies: "Are you serious?" I say: "Absolutely". He then states he'll go home to get his bass, to which I add, "Bring your amp, too!" He says" Are you serious?" I say--- Guess what? NOW-After he leaves, the leader says: "You know he's the OWNER of the club?" I reply- "I don't care if he's the owner of the city, Nobody uses my gear". End of story. Next day- Guess what? I'm replaced! No big deal, low-paying gig, probably wouldn't have continued anyway... But- I'm interested- Lay it on me fellow bassists- Did I have a 'tude or as I feel, have every right to prevent someone ASSUMING they could play my instrument and through my rig?? For the record- he lived about 5 minutes away, came back with a nice bass and a SWR RedHead- He was an average, "OK" Bassist, no real chops, but that's neither here nor there... My feeling was/is that if he KNEW he needed to play- As any kind of professional, or even simply as a musician- You BEST bring your gear. It's not on my radar from any of my quite extensive experiences playing out to EVER let anyone (stranger that is) use my instrument and rig on stage. What do you think? I'm really curious. Thanks!