I don't want to turn this into a country music tune, "I'm proud to be an American and I thump my Fodera hard" and I'm not trying to attack other countries. But, I have read at least a dozen threads from guys hunting for basses or amps in Australia, England even Canada, and the problems,extra cost, lack of availability, etc. of gear in other countries. Think about it, If you want to buy JUST ABOUT ANYTHING in this country, You can hop on the net, order it, have it in a week and not pay tariffs, have a customs inspector visit your house, and not pay sales taxs(I didn't say that, of course I report all my internet purchases to state tax authorities!) I'm sure theres a few Items that are cheaper on the continent, I've only seen one Wal Bass, and one Glockenlag Amp. But most of the good stuff made in other countries, F Basses, EBS, Alembic(well California just seems like another country) Fender Japan, is readily accessable here. I'm not sure the oposite is true. I do beleive it has something to do with free enterprise thriving here with less taxs and regulations then most of our brothers overseas. And without getting to political it seems the free market works for American Bass Players. Now this is not intended to be a bash the continent thread, from what I hear of the Jazz scene , you guys on the continent and in Japan have it much better. Just an observation about the market.