Re: Speaking of the Bass Guitar...
I too always thought it would have been my instrument of choice had I not gone into drumming. I think as drummers, we feel a connection to the bass since we often work so closely with the bass parts.
Somehow, though, I bypassed bass and went to 6 string guitar. LOL
I seem to know several bass players, and they don't flake on me. Guitar players, on the other hand, seem to flake, and thus I took up the 6 string so I wouldn't have to rely any flakes any longer.