Sorry to hear you are having problems with the hands Sarge, I hope you are feeling better. I'm wondering how much your 8502 weighs, I think $900 is a very fair price for an 8502 now. They have almost disappeared from the market, I rarely see them available anymore. Imho the 8502 represents the all time high point of the American Std/Series Telecaster evolution. It introduced the modern vintage concept that has taken over the Custom Shop production now. The ferrous steel plate brass saddle bridge is still used as the top of the line CS modern 6 saddle bridge, howbeit with a slightly different design, but same materials. Duly notable none others have it. Expensive to produce and will not fit into the cost formula. The current Am Std offering is being propped up by having better pickups in it than previously, but the rest of the guitar, including the bridge with the cheap ass saddles, is at an all time low now imho. This makes the 8502 that much more worthy of it's place in history as a landmark of what the best of the Bill Shultz era was about. I really like the sunburst ones and was sort of on the hunt for one until I bought a CS 52 NOS Tele a few months back. My 52 NOS was highly modified at the factory to the point of almost being an 8502 clone.