Anyone else here often buy before you try? Necessity causes it (I try to tell myself): I live in a city where what I can try is limited and usually not what I want (or really overpriced) Guess what? I've NEVER had a bad experience nor have I been surprised with what I got. Here's my guidelines: 1. Buy Used (can always sell it without much loss) 2. Find online comparisons from forums or youtube to gear that you ARE familiar with. (e.g. I wanted a 112 cab and though there were lots of comparisons against different 112's I started a thread comparing them to a cab I knew: xlt210 | found exactly what I wanted) 3. When in doubt buy the product where you can ask questions to the creators or engineers of the product (you know CS is great when you get answers from the source and they know you bought it used) Though reviews are always subjective if you can find a point of reference with the reviewer you can learn substantially. So anyone else often Buy Before You Try and enjoy the experience?