Just feel the need to blabber a bit in order to disassociate my name with Bongo basses.... After over a year of wining and wishing and saving, I believe a Bongo may not be anywhere in my near future. If fact, I am giving up the idea of owning one - at least for now. My reasons: 1. Current computer ancient, plus so virus plagued - I needed to replace it. savings, once again - gone. 2. Decided I really miss recording with my computer (bought a compact digital studio years ago that I never learned to use) and made an additional investment in a pro-audio card. 3. Been playing bongos a lot lately in stores and realized that my thumb isn't all that comfortable on the contoured pickups that I use as a thumb rest. 4. I'm starting to realize that the woman I've been woth for 8 yrs. may be the only one fer me, and those same feelings seem to be transferring themselves to my Sterling bass. 5. Got tired of getting yelled at here every time I make a purchase that isn't a Bongo. But I brought that sheet on myself. That's all.