I spent the weekend in NYC. My wife was at a medical conference, so I just bummed around. Everytime I go to NYC I walk my dogs off. I went from 52nd to WTC and back on a very circuitous route on Sunday. I must have walked for 3 hours, stopping for a haircut in the Village on the way down and a Starbucks by City Hall on the way up. I was really just looking for a gift for my daughter. Anyhow, I stopped in Sam Ash Saturday afternoon (I some a dude on line that looked like Nino Brown). I really wasn't happy w/ the selection. For basses, they had plently of Fenders, Ibanezes, and some other bits and scads. Nothing high-end except the 3 Smiths and 1 Spector in the window. They also had an Ampeg baby and a couple of sweet Taylor AEBs. All I saw for amps was Hartke Hartke Hartke. Across the street at Manny's they had, again, a ton of Fenders and Ibanezes, a few MMs, four or five Peavey Cirruses, some other crap, and a Yamaha Pattitucci sig. Amps they had were used SWRs (even a beat up Mo Bass which I just didn't like), Peaveys, Hartkes, and a very noisey GK. I dropped into Rudy's and busted a nut, as far as quality bass selection goes. It was a great room. Also, a nice selection of heads; mostly Edens. Very nice. I didn't mess around with anything in there though. I have to admit, we get a much better selection out here in North-East PA, given Guitar-Villa in Nazareth and Bass Palace up in Scranton. I don't mean the same old MARS and Guitar Center re-runs. I expected to see more in the city. Other than that, my legs are BEAT!!!