I did it... While I was in NYC last week (I had posted previously about this planned road trip) I bought a beautiful 1950 Kay C-1 that spoke to me. I also found a beautifully restored carved that REALLY spoke to me but at $12k I'd rather my wife continue speaking to me... Besides, as a begineer, I couldn't do that carved beauty justice. David Gage's shop is amazing and I never though I'd see so many basses at once. Thanks for everyone's advice and guidance! I also had a chance to see Mulgrew Miller at Smoke and, that same night, took the train downtown to Birdland and saw Gary Burton. NYC is an amazing place for jazz... *IF* you can afford it. $25-30 cover charge per person per set PLUS a $10-15 minimum food and/or drink minimum adds up pretty fast. If I lived there I'd never pay that much but only going there a few times a year at most it seems worth it. Now it's onto some bonding time with the Kay. I'll have to post some pics in the near future.