Forgive me if Paul has already made an announcement and I missed it, but I just wanted to make official what many of you have already noticed: That Sam Sherry has stepped down as a moderator of the DB forums for reasons having to do with the need for less responsibility and more free time (who among us can not relate?) Sam will protest if I get too gushy about this, so I'll simply say that I greatly enjoyed working with him and the "mod hang" involved, and that I learned a hell of a lot about bass playing, evenhandedness, and diplomacy from watching him do what he does. Sam, you did a fantastic job as a mod, and while I'm going to be really sorry to see you go for selfish reasons, I also must admit that I envy you that freedom a little bit already. Someday that time may well come for me, and if and when it does, I hope to follow your lead in stepping down gracefully and quietly while making the search for a replacement mod as easy as possible by staying on until the job is done. You're a class act, and it's been my pleasure hanging with you. I'm also proud to announce that stepping into Sam's somewhat oversized moderatorial shoes is a person that Sam, myself and Paul all unanimously agreed on - Jon Packard, also known as "Pacman". Jon's been around TB forever and a day, and is one of the site's "Supermods" (i.e. - don't mess with Jon ). I rememer a few years back when he was an accomplished plankist just beginning to get into the Double Bass, and then one minute I looked up and noticed that all of a sudden he was an accomplished professional DB player! Where he finds time to make huge leaps of progress like that I'll never know, but in any case, we're lucky to have him. Last, almost overlooked by all because the forum is getting bigger and busier all the time, I'd like to welcome Francois as the new moderator of the "Strings" forum. Sam and I have been bugging Paul for a while now about handing "Strings" over to someone who knows and cares more about strings than we do, and I'm not sure there's a bigger strings freak in the whole world than Francois - or, for that matter, a better one. Welcome aboard! So it's goodbye and hello all at once. Aint that the way?