This is a fortunate time to be involved with this type of music, and I am speaking of the makers of the instruments we play. Although there are many I have not had the privalege of playing yet, I have experienced quite a few good instruments. There are not a lot of "cheap ways in" to playing this music. Getting into it usually involves some sort of research and then a commitment. Some of us luck into it in various ways, but I am glad that there is NOT a glut of cheap imports for this market. Every instrument is SO different...even by the same maker. I suggest an "Instrument Review"....where we just tell about what we have and why we like it. It may help out some people who are thinking of a purchase. I know that I was in that boat a few years ago, and got a lot of good advice from the Briggs site. I will participate,but not tonight, as it is getting late. This is not to edorse any particular maker, but rather to celebrate the MANY fine instruments out there.