Hey TB, I hope 'yall had a great Halloween weekend! Yesturday, Halloween proper, my favorite MD music shop, Atomic Music, had a ginormous sale! So, i took some things down to trade in, and left any REAL cash at home... After trading a few pedals and an unused cab, i had $250 to work with... and MAN, i feel like i totally made out like a bandit! First: After my writeup a few weeks ago about my bassgazing experiences at CMJ fest in NYC, i was REALLY GASing for a short scale (If you didn't read the post, 18 of the 34 (IIRC) bassists played Mustangs/Musicmasters). Well, wouldn't you know it?! Atomic had a 70's musicmaster!! I tried it out and... soooorta liked it. Its output was weak and the action was pretty botched. Also, with a $600 price tag, it was well over my $250. sadface.jpg Well, after perusing the rest of the basses... low-and behold, i see THREE more short scales. One was a pointy stock Kramer... buuut, i have two P/Js already, so that was a pass. Next was an Aria EB-3 short scale copy... HOLY CRAP it was beautiful, and played great... BUT, out of my price range again. Last... a lil' red Squier Bronco bass. With the same type of bullet pickup (i think) as the Musicmaster, i actually got to A-B them against one another!! The ONLY thing that was better on the musicmaster was the neck... the Squier feels, sounds, and plays AMAZINGLY! So, after a bit of finnagling, i got the lil' Bronco bass at a steal, for $75. This is my FIRST ever Squier, and i'm super impressed. I may swap the neck when i get a chance... but certainly not a priority for now. Well... that accounted for part of the $250... the rest: I got a nifty lil' Line6 POD so i have something i can practice with headphones. My roommates were happy about this purchace Lastly... In what i feel was my best steal of the day, an early 90's US made Peavey Reactor guitar. It's a Telecaster body, and has thee most phoenominal action i have ever played!!! I talked 'em down to $90 for it!!! They actually had a FEW awesome Peaveys for AWESOME prices... i tried REALLLY hard to talk a lil' punk kid into buying the US Peavey Patriot bass... but... his words, "i can't be in a punk band with a bass called a 'patriot'"... yep... also a couple sweet Dyna basses, a Foundation and a BEAUTIFUL MidnightWine T40. Pics when i gets home!