Ok heres the deal.... I was all set to grab a conklin 7 string this christmas with the trade of my fender and my rik +500 bucks. I was expecting to get this money from my parents and my job. While ago i discussed this with my mom and she said no freaking way i was gonna sell my rick (what a coincidence considering i had to BEG BEG BEG to get this one). Anyway the only way i stand a chance is to make the money working which will take me a very long time. Also i have to audition for a big jazzband in april next year and i have got to have a new bass by then. I saw a galveston 8 string on ebay with active circut for like 400 bucks. The reviews are good and i could get it fast enough to be really comfortable by the audition. You think i should do it or by the conklin and hope im good on it by the audition?