It was a sunny day in old London town today so I knocked off at 1.00 and headed down to Denmark street where the likes Hendrix and Zeppelin hung out and countless classic rock acts have bought their flying vs and Marshal stacks through the ages (it was full of bloody tourists as usual) I picked up a few shark fin picks (3 for quid very reasonable) and browsed the bass racks. As usual in Tin Pan Alley there are more used classic basses that new models and I found myself drawn to this tatty looking Rickenbacker 4001 in a natural finish and a pickup that looked a bit like a badly installed letterbox. Now Im not a great fan of Rickenbacker I find them a bit tinny and there is usually far too much varnish on the fret board but this thing was a treat! Trouble is they wanted 1150 quid (thats the best part of 1900 dollars to you gum chewing chaps over there in Yankee land) and there wasn't even a case! I asked the shop keeper to tell me a little about the thing and was told it was a early 70s model that used to belong to Adam Ant. Now I have to confess One of my favourite albums of all time is Dirk Wears White Sox its a classic (no resemblance to all that stand and deliver or ant music stuff) so I have to say I was sorely tempted. I must have played with this thing for the best part of an hour (the shop keeper was very patient but then I was wearing my expensive shoes so he probably thought I was worth it) and I was converted. Trouble is I have just forked out a small fortune for a new American precision and I really dont know very much about Rickenbackers.... So, my thick fingered friends, do I get myself down to the shop first thing tomorrow morning with next months mortgage payment or do I see this a near miss and never knock off work early again. I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter.