Hidey Ho Shaman,
Arrrrrrrrrrrr ' ya doin, mate? Sho 'nuff been some nasty viruses going around this year. I never
get sick but it took me down this year. Had the week off between Christmas and New Years and was sick the whole time. Couldn't answer the bell on January 2nd (after 11 days off) and had to burn up 3 sick days the first week of the new calendar year...I was less than pleased about that. The Doc deemed it a sinus infection and said "You never get sick, you've been coming to me for nine years and this is the first time!"
Kind of rare to hear about an 870 needing work, those things are built like tanks.
Somehow fitting that Angus has selected the second rarest instrument to play, after being a piper. Suppose in your neck of the woods banjo pickers are not all that rare though. Reminds me of the old musician's joke that your son may come to appreciate some day-
"What's the definition of perfect pitch?"
Answer; When you throw an accordian into a dumpster and it lands on a banjo.