I finally decided to get the $1300 used Spector NS5CR-FM in black cherry at my local Guitar Center. Saturday morning, I picked it up, played just a bit more, put it down and got ready to go haggle the salesman down to 1150. 2 seconds after I put the bass down, this Richard Griecko looking salesguy walks in, picks up the guitar I had JUST DECIDED TO BUY, and walks back to the counter to ring it up for another customer. I'm like "Hey, what's going on?" He ignores my questions, doesn't even acknowledge that I'm there, just walks to the counter. I get up to the counter and the other customer is there. I said "What's happening? Are you buying this one?" The salesguy said "Oh, you wanted it?" Did he think I didn't look like the kind of person who could afford one of the basses in the special booth? Is that why he didn't think it was worth his precious time to even acknowledge my presence as he tore out my heart? The customer was cool. He said "You can take it. I've already got 7 basses" I was just so pissed at the sales guy. Salesguy said "You put it down, buddy." Jerk!!!! I had put it down to look for him!!! Then the other goons chime in and start saying "Hey maybe we can charge them $1350!" I have nothing against salespeople, just the group of losers I encountered this weekend. Ugh!!! I wasn't able to pay $1300, so I didn't have hard feelings about the other guy taking it. I ended up ordering the $1000 discontinued NS5CR from MFriend in black. I apologize for my long windedness. I just hope I can carry on. Regardless, if you guys want to see pics of the Spec when it shows up I'll be glad to post them. Yeah, black cherry flamed maple isn't that cool anyway. Sniff..