Wow, talk about ironic. $400-$500 is about the threshold for me as well. If it's $550 I get nervous about it. Just like yourself, I'll drop a couple of $250's and it doesn't bother me. Very weird! I'm sure I'll get over it and I can't take the money nor the basses with me. My step-grandson is a great young-budding musician and he's in love with the Stingray 5H and says that needs to go to him in our will.