Skip to the ***starred*** part further down the thread to forgo the jibber jabber Hey, good evening guys! I am currently in the hospital library but excited about this, so much so that I had to take a break to post here. I recently traded for an Xotic Jazz bass (wonderful basses) but I was really missing a Darkstar'd bass... I had 5 DS pickups at one point last year, but I kept selling them off to fund a number of career oriented necessities... books, study programs, test fees, application fees, travel expenses, etc...which I'll have to save up for again this coming year...but ANYWAY, back to being happy for now ... The opportunity to get a Darkstar bass presented itself this afternoon. A local (Philly) player was checking out my Spacerocket pedal (latest casualty) and let me know that he had just acquired a "new" bass that he might be willing to trade for some gear. Well, I have 6 bass cabs, of which I only ever really need 2 at a time, and a couple of amps that I don't use...seriously, I was on an Acoustic Image kick in the last 2 years and acquired them like they were going out of style. Basically, he said he was looking for $2000 worth of trade items, as that's what he paid for the bass. I told him that was a little steep for me, but we looked online (Bud Lecompte stopped selling basses which I'm sure you guys knew) and, well, yeah...it looks like they sold for anywhere from $1500-3000...this one priced out near $2200 new, and with the value of Hammon Darkstars ever climbing, $2000 for a used, but mint bass with a rare pickup seemed about right. So, OK, his figure checked out, and I offered 2 cabs, both LDS two way cabs with Faital 12s and 18sound mid drivers, and Acoustic Image Clarus Series III 2 channel amp, and a couple of pedals (Dr Scientist Cleanness, Empress Buffer w/ Boost, and an Fdeck HPF Series 3). All quality stuff, probably would have gotten more than $2K selling it piecemeal, but again I really wasn't using it, and space is at a premium. To be honest, I don't even know if I can afford to keep the bass and I don't even have it yet...and I guess it'll be easier to sell it and get a 'lump sum' if I really needed to instead of selling all that other stuff bit by bit..but I'm just focusing on being happy with it at least for a little bit. I'm hoping to keep it for a long time, I'm sure I'll love it. I just wanted to share my thought process as to how I justified acquiring it *** It's a pretty famous bass apparently. Born in 2008 for NAMM, here are some pics of it in its glory, being played by Bud Lecompte and Fred Hammon, two respected masters of their craft. How could I not be excited?!