I was at my local music store today and they're an Official Rickenbacker retailer that orders quite a bit of stuff from Ric. Anyway, the bass salesperson was telling me an interesting story about them that happened a few days ago. He currently has 1 Ric in stock and 10 more that are backordered (for about a year now). Anyway, he was telling me that he called Rickenbacker to find out about a few things, and while he was on the phone with them, he figured he'd ask about a general time frame as to when the store might be getting the backordered Rics. He said that the Ric representative told him, in a somewhat snooty voice "You'll get them when you get them". He told me that he was very nice to them the whole time he was on the phone and figured that maybe she got that way because many other stores call them up and ask the same question, and she was just frustrated about having to answer it 100's of times a day, but then he thought about the way she sounded when she answered. He said that she didn't sound frustrated, she sounded more like, well, like I described...Snooty, almost like the store wasn't that important to her or the Ric corp. He told the store owner what had happened and the owner said "That's not the first time". The music store I'm talking about is not a little Mom and Pop store. Granted, they're not a franchise like GC, they're independently owned, a member of AIMM, and one of the biggest stores on the east coast. They make our local GC look sick. I wonder if that's an isolated incident or if Ric treats all their dealers like that.