Ha ha ha. You guys think YOU have a war department. What about us few who have a man at the helm of that department? Now, THAT is a challenge. Shira (means "song") will be paid for completely out of my earnings and savings (funds I was saving for completion of my studio out back). I will sell a horn....still scratching my head as to which one though. All of my church gigs will go into the "Monette Kitty". I will be selling a lot things I no longer need on ebay. No loans here. This is a finance free house.....well, except for the house. LOL. (and students loans that will never end). Our cars are paid for and we only use AMEX and pay it off every month. So, let me get this straight John.....all I had to say to the head of the war department was "keep momma happy"? I didn't have to do all of that tying him to a stake, lighting it on fire, waving chicken bones and dancing around it under the full moon to cast a spell? Dang.....I wish I had known that earlier. BTW, since you play a Monette mouthpiece, you are already dabbling....hee, hee. Loudog and Jazzbird - I can only imagine how happy you guys must be with your horns. Did the waiting just about kill ya'? I am excited about going out there and experimenting for a couple of days. After that trip, the waiting will indeed be most difficult. Pwillini - I saw that horn on ebay. So, it almost sucked you in, eh? If you don't already, you should get your hands on a mouthpiece. That shouldn't ruffle the feathers of the WAR DEPT. too much.