I, too, elected to go long with GTRC after spending a good deal of time shopping, pricing , learning and then buying equipment for my budding sax musician son at Christmas time. (I previously purchased a bass for my other son at GC.) I was impressed with the quality of info provided by the staff. They also steered me to some better priced equipment based on our needs... rather than trying to sell me items and features that we did not need.The last thing that the salesman told me was that GC was planning to open 40+ stores in 2006, "...in case I ever wanted a pretty decent stock to look into." Sometimes ya gotta love the enthusiasm on the front line.Fool on!