As most of you know by now, I've begun building basses as a hobby using computer controlled routing equipment. The machine I used for the first bass is my employers and cost over $70,000 not including software. I've investigated these machines and others out there and found that, although there were cheaper ones, none was what could be called truly affordable. Well, that's about to change. I've found a company that makes a product called the ShopBot and this is a computer controlled router system designed for the home shop and light industrial use. This is a very full featured machine that has a maximum table size of 60" x 120" though a 48" x 96" would certainly do nicely. And the bottom line on such an item...Would you believe less than $6,000!!!! The wife has given the OK to liquidating some silkscreen equipment that we never got out of the box and pursuing one of these machines. There are many, many details to work out but maybe, just maybe, I'll be in my own workshop with one of the greatest toys a builder could ever own. Here's hoping! By the way, Zion Guitars out of North Carolina uses one of these machines for their luthiery. If that didn't get my attention, you can be assured nothing will.