Beautiful Man ! Cheers! Ordering mine now as we speak! Im going with the same guy you did. After speaking with him last week and the week of NAMM I think he gets my business. Actually calling him now. I Checked with my local store today and they wanted $2500.00 down and pissed me off in the process so after checking with my bank it makes way more sense to do what you did. Send me a private message when you get yours in your hands. So looking forward to hearing your impressions on this beast! I have to admit that ESP did an amazing job on the LTD version but for me its the ESP Iron Cross all the way! Congrats to all LTD and ESP Iron Cross owners! Most of all, thanks James and ESP for doing this version for us! Can't wait to add it in the collection and hear it in my studio!