you sound like an excellent salesman.. personable, charming and disarming.. and you've already used about 5 of my " red flag phrases" so far. I got screwed out of a multi-million dollar company by a guy that talked just like that. we are talking about luthiery.. the market is much smaller for guitars than almost any other product out there. and the competition seems to be growing by the hour these days. Sure skills sets can transfer from one profession to another... but not "atmospheres"