Long ago, I was happy. I had a beautiful, heavy, MusicMan Stingray (a year after they came out!) and an old tube amp- Alamo 2x12. I played that M/M whenever I could. We wuz ONE. Bein' a techno-weenie, I just had to start futzin' with it. The folks at M/M were nice enough to sell me a new preamp module when I finished messin' it up. A few years later, I came into a windfall and was able to get a "dream" setup. A Rickenbacker 4080/12 and a 550 watt bi-amp setup. Life was good. All was well. Then..........I got married . Through jaded eyes now: I learned one thing. Money is easier spent than made. It wasn't a year into wedded bliss when the dream rig went to the pawn shop for 10 cents on the dollar. OK. Alright. I still had the first "wife" - the MusicMan. I was getting the electronics back together to have something playable. I thought I was dealin' with it fairly well. After all, the M/M was just about ready to go. Well, the money from the sale of the dream rig ran out. It wasn't actually pawned. You get more money from selling dontcha' know. I had just scored a plain old set of GHS Boomers (on sale, natch). I started unpacking them and was gonna' install `em on the M/M when the "better half" strolled by. Apparently, there was a little misunderstanding about the purpose of my efforts with the M/M. SHE thought it was yet another "product" to sell for more clothes, jewelry, etc. I needed a voice. Maybe I wasn't over the sale of the Rick after all. This musta' been the last straw. I set down the Boomers, grabbed the M/M, and headed out the door of the apartment towards the complexes' trash dumpster. Seething with rage, my first thought was to pitch it in the trash. But then it could be recovered and sold. Halfway to the dumpster, a vision came to my addled brain: Pete Townshend. Let's see how much it's worth splintered in two! . So. I ask you. With old M/M's fetchin' a small fortune, where's that automatic butt-kickin' machine? I'll buy a ticket. I have to look back in humor. Probably the two biggest mistakes of my life. Live & learn.