So this is something I've been mulling over for a bit... like any good TGP-er I get my share of GAS for stuff due to reading about it here or hearing certain sounds I'd like to recreate and then researching where they came from and how they were made. More than a few times that's led me to start looking for something I can buy to augment my collection, and before buying anything I like to try it first. Thanks to TGP and a pretty recent giant raise, a lot of that stuff lately has been high-end boutique or vintage gear, and fortunately for me there are a couple stores nearby that carry most of it between them. So... I've had my share of lazy Saturdays going down to try things out, and especially at the smaller stores, they're always super cool. They'll let me take a couple amps into the back room and flog away on them even. And usually I leave empty-handed (although admittedly one time that happened a few months ago I had every intention of dropping a huge load of money on a particular amp, but after playing it with my Tele I realized it wasn't the amp for me). At any rate, I guess my point is this - I feel bad for being the guy who hangs out at these places from time to time without ever spending more than a couple hundred bucks if anything at all when I go in, since I'm usually trying stuff out that I can find used for cheaper, which is invariably how I end up buying it. With vintage stuff it's a little easier to part with my cash at Willie's, but for everything else? TGP, ebay, and occasionally CL are just a much less expensive option. It'd be stupid not to save the money, but sometimes I wonder if they see me coming and think "oh great, this tire-kicking asshole again." Can anyone else here relate?