I was at the Tacoma Guitar Show last weekend, and I saw some pretty interesting things walking around, but what really caught my eye was a Chapman Stick at one of the booths, tagged at only $750. I sure as hell didn't have that kind of cash to spend, so I offered up a couple items for trade. Over the next week, we emailed back and forth, and he said he'd be interested to see my '23 Gibson tenor banjo. My ad for the banjo on Mandolin Cafe also attracted someone who offered and Eastman mandocello, which was extremely tempting, and worth more than my banjo, but you can tell from the thread title which choice I made. I'd never actually seen a Stick in person before, nor had I properly played one, although I dinked around with it a little at his booth. It's an incredibly Spartan design, but it's also impressively well thought-out. Both the bridge saddles and individual nuts are simply screws with a groove in the top for the string, so they're height-adjustable, or even movable, if you want to string it differently. The "open" strings are muted by the velcro pad behind the first fret - treble moreso than bass - but the first fret is totally playable. The support system is very clever as well: the belt hook supports the bulk of the instrument's weight, and the little leather thong simply helps keep it upright (ladies). The belt hook blocks the truss rod adjustment nut, which is completely exposed, but they include a wrench with a curved handle for easy adjustments. The volume knobs and output jack are positioned in such a way that they're extremely unlikely to interfere with your playing or cause an issue. There's just so much intentionality behind this instrument. As far as playing, I've had a Santucci Treblebass, which is essentially a poor man's Warr Guitar, for several years. It was initially tuned like a standard bass and a standard guitar. A few years ago, I had a new nut made such that the guitar strings were now reversed, with the thinnest strings of each side meeting in the middle. That allowed me to play basic triads on the guitar side very comfortable and easily. Well, the Stick is exactly the opposite, and the thickest strings are right next to each other. The lower 5 strings are tuned in 5ths up from C, and the treble side in 4ths up from F#. So far, I'm not in love with the fifths tuning on the bass, because it makes it really hard to play smaller intervals, forcing you to play chord inversions over an octave wide; an open-position triad would be untenable on the lower frets, and unnecessarily difficult elsewhere. Nevertheless, I'm trying to adapt to it and judge it on its own merits. I may end up completely reversing the strings like I had on my Treblebass. Videos when I feel competent enough. Like I said, I have a fair amount of experience playing two-handed, but it's been a while, and on a completely different instrument.