I bought my first basses after graduating high school in 1982. I had grown up living my life playing in various junior high and high school bands as a low brass specialist (trombone and euphonium), and eventually transitioned to the electric bass. Pictured is my 1981 Rickenbacker 4003, which at the time, paid $450, and a 1986 Alembic Spoiler. My influences included such greats as Stanley Clarke, Paul McCartney, Getty Lee, Chris Squire, and Sting. What inspired me to play bass was the need for a strong solid industry bassist, as most “bass” players, at that time, appeared to be guitarist posing as a bassist. Plus, I enjoyed the uniqueness of its role of establishing the foundation of a group or ensemble. Would love to see a photo of your first bass(es) and what inspired you. Thank you!