For all you small builder fans, a bunch of luthiers who used to go to the Montreal Guitar Show (which is now defunct) decided to get together and create a similar show in Europe. The first one will be in Berlin this November: http://holygrailguitarshow.com I went to the last few Montreal shows and found it a great place to meet the builders and play the instruments. They had booths set up where you could go in and play in relative seclusion, and for electric guitars they had a range of decent to way-better-than-decent amps in the different booths. I had planned to go with Matt Artinger, who was asked to go and have a display booth, but unfortunately neither of us can make it this year. We're both committed to going to the 2015 show, though.