I know, I'm out of the metal club for using that expression. Anyway... I just recently (Jan 16th) got a Schecter C-8 from Guitar Center for about $550 before tax. It's in great condition and feels a lot better after I put some Circle K strings on it, but now I'm wondering if I jumped the gun. I've been browsing this forum for a while now, and Carvin's DC800 seems to be held in pretty high regard. After playing with their calculator, I put together a walnut body with a quilted maple top in purpleburst for about $1500 before tax. This is obviously a lot more than I paid for the Schecter, but how does the quality compare, both in a direct 1-to-1 comparison and in value:cost? The extra $1000 is something I could spare, but it would be a lot tighter than I'd planned and I'd probably have to sell one of my other instruments to help cover it. I have one in mind, to be honest; I haven't really had the urge to play my alto saxophone in a long time... To give you some insight into how I think about instruments: this is my first extended range guitar, and I'm enjoying it a lot. I know that it's something I'm going to play and keep for a long time, so I'm willing to invest what's necessary to get something nice that will last a long time. I still have a week or so to decide whether to keep the Schecter or return it, so tell me: what do you think?