I wanted a small instrument to take to this year's festivals suitable for just getting out & playing as & when - mainly to sing with. When I was investigating the idea I was almost dissuaded by the references found on mudcat. Although I agree with the downside of the thing, it's horses for courses - and as they say 'it does exactly what it says on the box [Brit TV ad reference]'. Then I went into the shop & bought one anyway & I really love it. Obviously it doesn't sound that great - but I don't need it to. Its small, stick shaped & very light & seems pretty robust - & I'll be able to carry it around without feeling cumbersome. So I'll get a lot more playing done, which should help with my playing on the 'real' one at home. I just wanted to put the positive point of view in case anyone else is considering one at the moment. I like the idea of being able to carry it around on the off-chance - which I don't find practical with a guitar-shaped guitar.