Have you noticed that although new companies are popping up all the time, there is a trend among manufacturers to simply bring old names? For instance, Fender bought Guild to compete with Martin and with Gibson, Sunn to make up for their low credibility in the bass amp field. There is no interest to improve their product. They just bring an old name back from the dead. Gibson owns Steinberger and Tobias due to their lack of recognition in the bass guitar field. The examples obviously don't end there. Of course, we all end up losing in the end, as competition is reduced as stores are filled with products from a single company. Guitar Center has plenty of Fenders,Squiers, Guilds and DeArmonds, but I've never even seen a Ken Smith in my life! Granted, the price ranges differ, but you get the general idea. I can't help but imagine how many smaller builders can't get any exposure in the stores because there isn't any room for them, let alone the interest to make room for them. To me, the addition of the Conklin Groove Tool line to GC's inventory is a miracle. Why don't they carry Reverends? Maybe this rant is going in a thousand directions at once, but I'd like some general comments on this state of affairs. Will C.