Just after Christmas I decided to bite the bullet, and buy the new loudspeaker system I'd been trying to decide about. I'd been provided with this system on a job last summer, and really liked the sound. My research showed it to be a Marmite product -loads of people hating it with a passion and the rest loving it. As I'd heard it and liked it, I do what I always do and go with my gut. So I started to look around, and discovered that it's been on the market a long time but they don't push it. As a consequence most dealers seem to not have stock and it's an order in from the manufacturer product. I found a dealer in Europe who had one pair of the tops, and ordered those - at quite a discount of the same list price everyone else has advertised. I suspect they'd been in the shop for a few years - perfect nick, but the boxes had been in the store room a long time! I found quite a few dealers in the US who had stock and searched out the deals. The shipping on speakers, and especially subs is incredibly expensive by air freight - so TNT, FedEx, UPS etc are all expensive, so I got the big stuff shipped by sea - which was quite better. Still not cheap, but 2 tops and 2 subs 200USD compared to over 800 by air. Trouble was the first show was looming up and I got a bit worried that the PA system I'd put on the spec and contracted wouldn't actually be here, so I bottled out, and ordered from another dealer some more tops. I wanted 4 tops and 2 subs, but I've actually ordered and paid for now 8 tops and 4 subs. So far, I have 2 subs and 2 tops arrive. Far more than I intend to spend, but I figured I could just about recoup the cost over the summer shows, and I'd have it available in the hire stock, just in case. Then comes Corona Virus. They band had 22 dates up to November booked. We now have 3 left - the rest have been cancelled for definite. Our Government just announced 100 people as a top limit. The summer venue this kit is going into is 1400 seats - so unless things change for the better - this will be off, and July to October is 60% of my yearly income just wiped off, plus I've bought the PA - and it's not cheap. JBL VRX932 and VRX918 - 4 subs and 8 tops. Gulp. Can't cancel - all paid for and on their way. In the UK, we have unemployment benefits from the Government if you are an employee. If you work for yourself, you get nothing - so that's a bit scary. A friend is an outside broadcast cameraman - does mainly sport, and that's all cancelled. Another friend runs a commercial mid sized studio. He has all bookings cancelled up to the end of May, and who knows if the others will go too. Another friend is a 0 hours college studio technician. UK 0 hours contract mean you are guaranteed NO hours, but most normally work the same each week, but when the college closes for holidays, he doesn't get paid. The college have shut for a month so that's no pay. Much as your President does do strange things sometimes to our British way of thinking - he's dead right to shut the country up tight. I'm living on my savings - which should have been for when I retire in 7 or 8 years. It's scary here - you really don't want it. So next time you're feeling bad about work, spare us a thought.