Was talking to the wife just now as she's driving home, she just got hired for a summer job as a vocal coach at one of these Day Jams School of Rock places for kids, she was saying it's great but it's going to be yet another 1099 at the end of the year. Between all the 1099s I got this year from multiple bands and all hers from her many jobs she said, "we're going to need some write-offs, how much is that bass you want?" I couldn't believe my ears. I told her about $3,850, thinking of the Cleveland I've been eyeing. She said, "that's all?" "Well uh ..between $3,850 and $5K depending on the bass", thinking about the Shen or Wan Bernadel I've also considered. She finally said, "Well your'e getting that bass" Amazing. You just can't go out and buy a bass when your'e married with kids unless your partner is comfortable with such a large expense, and up till now she wasn't. Might have something to do with the 6 month old twins now living under our roof. I've been really wanting a new bass with a thicker neck, ebony FB, louder and better angle for bowing, etc. Guess I need to start researching and playing. I did try an Eastman which was nice and played PB+J's 7/8 Shen (very nice). Anybody in the DC metro area with a Cleveland, Wan or Shen 3/4? Still speechless, Eric L.