Okay, folks. I'm having a serious dilemma. I've found a store that has my dream bass in stock. I have enough money to buy it. Unfortunately, from the research I've done, fewer than 50 of these basses were made, and there really aren't any other basses quite like it, in terms of sound and construction. This bass has been out of production for many years. So if I pass on it, I may never again see one for sale here or on ebay, etc. So why not just go out and buy it? #1. It's in Ed Roman's store. I've done enough research on this and other message boards to have read dozens of horror stories about dealing with him. Personally, I've only bought one small item (ric-o-sound) from him, and service was fine, but the hundreds of negative comments about him have me worried. I have no desire to become yet another person burned by him. #2. They want stupid money for it. It's hard to put a price on a bass that's so incredibly rare, but he's really asking a lot, and from what I can tell, there's very little chance I can talk them down from "stupid money" to even "way overpriced." On the other hand, its a really rare bass, so who's to say what the price of such a bass should be? #3. I can't play it before I buy it, since I live in Portland. Having read all the caveats and disclaimers on his website, I have little confidence that I'd be able to return it if there were something wrong with it. I thought briefly about flying down to Vegas, but plane tickets are expensive on short notice. OTOH, there's small chance there's much wrong with the bass given the nature of its construction. Bottom line: If there were ANY other way of getting this bass, I wouldn't even be considering buying it. From what I've read, I shouldn't consider buying a bass from him, and they want BIG money for it. Heck, I'm not a rich guy, and I'm not a pro bass player. I don't really need it. OTOH, I don't want to kick myself over "the one that got away" either. Unfortunately, this bass is sooo rare, and I might never see one like it for sale again. Talk me out of it, TBers!!!