I have ordered my new 8-string bass guitar.
Which did I go for?
Well I started by phoning the company that I saw in the web. They have a shop that I can get to in a day trip, and they have one in stock.
But the guy said that the guitar is in their warehouse which is 40 miles from the shop.
Can I go to the shop and try the guitar?
No, the guitar is in the warehouse.
Any chance of arranging to move the guitar from the warehouse to the shop?
No, it is too far away.
Hm, I would have liked to play the guitar before buying it.
I understand that.
You really don't know if you like a guitar until you try it.
Yes that is true. We do take returns in 7 days. You pay the cost of returning it, of course.
Hm. I'll think about it.
I hung up.
My distrust of internet shopping returned. This guy really didn't seem to give a crap. If someone is shipping me something like this I really want him to at least pretend to care.
At lunchtime I went to the local guitar shop and got chatting.
Nice guys, who are friendly even when I just pop in to be nosey.
I mentioned the guitar. They can get me the one that I tried in London, only this will be brand new and won't have been kicking around a shop for who knows how long.
The guy offered me a good deal. Not as cheap as the web prices, but as others said in comments to my last post, it is often good to pay extra for peace of mind.
My beast is on its way, and I can't wait.