I have been playing bass all my life, actually I don't remember when the learning process began, but as with all musicians;the process continues until we are gone but hopefully not forgotton. I have played all styles of music except the hair band stuff, I was just busy exploring blues and jazz when that happened (never wore spandex). My most recent endevor is upright bass in acoustic rock and as mood effect in origional rock. I play all Ampeg gear with primarily Fender Jazz basses, fretted and fretless, with the exception of a thunderbird for the 70's sound. I dig the rumble of 2 SVT's to really hard stuff and the thick mellow sound of a B2 with 2 4x8 cabs for the bowing upright sound. Sans amps are cool sometimes. I enjoy playing with guitarists that understand the gear they own and always hope I hear tubes!