One thing that bugs me - every music store in range of my home carries the same old stuff - Fenders and Squiers, Epiphones, Ibanez, the occasional Schecter or Dean. One store has some Spectors and G&Ls, too. A few cheap Jay Tursers and such. I can't get my hands on a Musicman to see if I'd like it as much as some people seem to. Nor a Warwick. I took a chance buying a Yamaha BB online based solely on TB recommendations, and luckily enough I love it, but not one store carries it. And I just saw yet one more post about the "Rickenbacker mystique" that led to disappointment when someone finally bought one. I'd love to try out a Ric in a store - not gonna happen around here. Is this a common experience where you are? Are you satisfied with the range of brands the stores around you carry, or are you stuck buying blind on the internet?