This is sort of a "what would you do?" type of advice-seeking post. I work as part of the instructional staff for a high school marching band. As some of you are aware, marching band usually requires the staff (and sometimes even student leaders) to carry with them around the field for hours each day binders full of sheet protectors full of papers. Those papers are things like drill charts (the pictures everyone makes on the football field), coordinate sheets (where everyone stands to make those pictures), music scores (sheet music), and in the case of staff, things like number assignments, student rosters, and so on. I was hoping to demonstrate a new method for the staff this season, which starts the last week of July and runs through October, and that is to use an iPad for everything. All the charts, coordinates, and scores are already in PDF format, and iPad apps allow for extras such as metronomes, tuners, and even playing recordings of the music to refresh people's memories as to what the music sounds like. I have a $250 Apple gift card, and will pay the rest. My dilemma is that I don't yet have an iPad, as I've primarily been waiting for a Retina-screened one. When it seemed apparent that it wouldn't come until spring 2012, I figured I'd just cave and get the iPad 2 for this season, but the persistent rumors of a pre-holiday-2011 release of an iPad HD/2S is starting to make an iPad 2 purchase seem like a bad idea. At least before, I could have sold my iPad 2 before the holidays, take advantage of the holiday demand. If the iPad 2S is out well before the holiday season, iPad 2 would be a bad investment. Any advice or thoughts?