1 AndyJ 1 week ago I put a Fishman Loudbox Artist on layaway at a local guitar shop a few weeks ago. I'm starting to work up a solo acoustic project, and I figured that somewhere down the road I would need amplification to do live, in-person shows. I dont really have the money for it right now, but I figured by spring/summer, when maybe/possibly things might start opening up a bit for outdoor performances, I would pay it off and be ready to roll.Enter my friend, Dan. We go way back and have been through wives/girlfriends, kids, bands, moving, jobs, health stuff, etc. I have more than a few troublesome balls in the air at the moment that have been weighing on me. Yesterday, he texts me " Go and pick up your Loudbox. Any time after today, they will have a fresh, boxed one waiting for you. All paid up. You're welcome and there will be no further discussion of this." He followed up with , "We [he and his wife] thought you needed something good happening."I was gobsmacked, to say the least, and a little mad that he would spend that much dough to do something nice for my dumb-ass . . .a $10 DQ gift certificate would have sufficed. We do small stuff like this for each other frequently, and I know if the situation were reversed, I wouldn't hesitate to do the same. I am not just grateful to have such a friend who would do this for me, but beyond grateful to have such a friend, period!