For over a year and a half, ever since I first started tapping and learning about tap-style instruments (Warr Guitars, Megatars, and Chapman Sticks of varying kinds,) I've been dreaming playing one of these things. Today was the last day of the semester and the end of the focus program, and a bunch of the class (all musicians, I'm in a music focus program) was at lunch. I was doing some mixing in the computer lab and there were maybe...five or six other people. Then...in walks a female teacher... ... ... with a CHAPMAN GRAND STICK. I swear, I nearly crapped my pants. We all ran right up and crowded around and watched one of the two teachers of my course try and work his way around on it (a blues guitar player who doesn't really tap all that much.) I shotgunned second, since the other bassist in the program still there got first dibs. Guys...I've gotta say. God has taken form. The form of the Chapman Stick. I pulled out a few licks and chordal stuff I could apply to the melody side (tuned in fourths, C#-D) and funked around on the bass side (fifths, C-E.) Seriously, dudes. I've now got hardcore, never-experienced-true-gas-until-now kind of gas for a Chapman SB8 bass stick! Anyone own one of these? How much did you pay for it? Is Stick Enterprises one of those companies that strictly sells at list, or can you get 'em cheaper from a dealer? I've got serious gas and I know I could so some really neat stuff with this thing, but I've got an URB/EUB and a six string to save for too. Let's all discuss the greatness of Chapman Sticks, and especially, the SB8 Bass Sticks. Any favourite recordings? Pictures? ...Stickists? EDIT: It belonged to the teacher's boyfriend, who is apparently out of the country and she thought we'd appreciate it. So...any Canadian TB'ers out of the country right now? If so, well...your Stick is gonna be a bit used when you get it!