Thats right! I've came up with 3000 Euros, thats about 3600+ UD dolars to spend, and so my plan was to get that altered Conklin sidewinder shape that I nicknamed the "Vanderloo" with a 9 string string configuration and fanned frets. Bill gave me a great quote for this axe with 24 frets and a 3 band active Eq and not very much bling-bling overall, the most important is that it should be as LIGHT and BALANCED as possible, while still maintaining a kick*ss tone of course, the thing I dislike about the GT-7 is the overall feel and sound I get from slapping and the string spacing could be larger. But do tell me, altough I'm thinking of going Conklin... Which builders out there could give me a slap happy ERB 9 string on a tighter budget? I'm not that crazy, if I could spare some of this amount to add up to a final downpayment it would only appear as an added bonus! BEE and Adler guitars are definitly in the Silver and bronze marks right now. some input, thx!