Last week I got a call from my best buddy from high school (he was best man at my wedding and I was the best man for his). He chided me for not coming to visit him for a few years, although he has stopped to see me several times. (He still has family in the area). I promised him I'd try to make an attempt this year. He lives about 250 miles away in Brighton, Michigan. A couple days later I was on ebay and saw a listing for a Fishman SA220 solo performance system but the auction winner had to come pick it up - in Brighton Michigan! The seller claimed the unit was like new, never used for gigs and worked perfectly.
Since I've retired I've had a few requests to play some gigs but as I've never had a good PA I've turned most of them down. Occasionally I've played at very small venues where my Fender Acoustasonic 90 provided enough sound reinforcement. I'd used a borrowed SA220 a couple years ago for a singer/songwriter performance and liked the portability, ease of setup and for my vocal range and style of play it was a good fit. With 220 watts, it had enough power for a pretty big room.
I won the bid and got the Fishman for $350. The street price for them new was about $1000 but since Fishman has now came out with a 330 watt unit the price for an SA220 has fallen to about $800 new and around $600 used. I'm leaving tomorrow morning for the 250 mile drive to pick it up and then spend the night at my friend's house. It'll be like getting a "2 for 1" deal for the approximately $50 it'll cost for gas. Plus I'll have a new toy to play with while I'm on "restricted duty" following my knee replacement surgery next week.