I went with my family on a day out where we made bows and arrows out of tree branches and string and feathers. Then we all lined up to take pot shots at a twig which was our "target". I've never done any sort of archery before, and needless to say my arrows were nowhere near the mark. Then I handed my homemade rubbish bow and bendy rubbish arrow to the chap who was running the day, and he hit the target on the first attempt. There was I all to ready to blame the tools when it was actually my skill that was deficient. So whenever I'm tempted by a shiny new instrument I just remember the above incident and put my wallet away. How do others overcome the urge to spend money on new instruments that we don't really need?