yup...i got $2k for my birthday and bought myself a Pedulla fretless buzz with epoxy fingerboard. It is sooo sweet....ive learned a lot from buying this bass tho....I just turned 16 and am considered and consider myself quite an accomplished bassist. I can really tap into the groove and even though chops arent even half of it, i have a good amount. I also play double bass in orchestra so my sight reading is very good. So i have decided i want to go to CalArts (california institute of the arts). The only problem is my parents are generally opposed and I have really no strong arguments against them except "i know its what i want to do." Does anybody know anything i can do to persuade them because unless i get some sort of major scholarship (which is not out of the question), this is not an idea they support.