Dunno if anyone is aware but there is a government scheme on at the minute called Take it Away where you can borrow from £100 - £2000 to buy anything related to music equipment or tuition, and pay it back over 10 months with 0% interest. So I'm getting this snare for about £20 a month.
Yeah, I heard about it; very tempting. It would still be the best part of £200 a month for a Rickenbacker though... I need to sell more stuff on ebay.