Hey All I recently have had some of the best shopping experiences at my local music stores and wanted to share some thoughts. I began my search at GC where I found dudes mostly not interested in helping but very interested in selling. There are no longer any negotiations on used instruments or amps. Only coupons on new stuff. Wait was I at the grocery store? Coupons? Just give the discount... anyways I found a great bass at a small shop on main street and the price was perfect. A Sterling Ray34CAFL. I could not be more stoked. Same thing on strings at another small shop a town over. I was looking for a specific sound. The owner helped me dial in that sound and put me on Mangan Strings. Couldn't be happier! It's nice knowing that GC is NOT the only option. So here's a plug to support the little guys instead of the share holders.