Just browsing through the Basses for sale on Basschat today and I was very surprised at the sums of money asked for basses. TBH a lot of the models are unknown to me but if I were to put a guestimate on the average price asked, it would be around £2000. Very few cheap bases, bases < £350, a lot around the £750 - £1000 figure and a surprising number at way above the last price. I too found that new basses in Dublin shops were way more expensive than guitars.
So are bass players more affluent? Is bass playing an older person thing, something to do when you get fed up churning out endless blues licks?
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