I made a planned excursion to Bass Central to try out some basses to replace my Modulus Q5 today. This bass was retired due to a quirky left shoulder, so I was in search of a light fiver. Little did I know that I would possibly be Gard's last sale of his storied career at BC. Now he goes to work with Keith Roscoe in a probably much, much saner working environment, to put it mildly. Hard taskmaster is an understatement! Anyway, in my earlier gassier days I would have gone deep in debt for the Elrick he first handed me. But alas, it wasn't $1000 better than the blond Lakland 55-02 I ended up getting. I couldn't tell any distinct difference from my previous 55-94. So, good luck Gard up there in the land of burl.