Manny's music is owned by Sam Ash. In NY this is no big secret, but apparently it is to a large part or the rest of the world. Personally, I couldn't care less - BUT, I got into an argument about this with a very politically correct friend of mine. He won't shop at Sam Ash or Guitar Center any more because they're big "corporations" and doesn't want to support them - yet when asked what it was exactly about these "corporations" he didn't want to support - he was at a loss. The idea of Manny's being bought by Sam Ash on 48th St. was thrown into the mix. His argument: It's deceitful, they did it so they can play the stores off of one another and basically (for whatever reason) it's a way to screw people into buying thier stuff - thinking they're buying it from manny's. My argument: So what? I bought my first guitar at the original Sam Ash on Kings Highway in Bklyn. I've watched that single "mom and pop" store grow into a huge corporation throughout my lifetime and I'm happy for them. If they have enought money to buy Manny's and it's reputation - and Manny's is willing to sell it, I think they're entitled. Besides - even if the idea does rub someone the wrong way, why blame Sam Ash? I say blame Manny's. They're the ones who sold it. I ask you, fellow members of Talkbass, to please be the judge, jury and lawyers here. What's your take? ps. mods, I'd appreciate your bumping this to the lobby if it gets political - as opposed to closing it. thanks much.