Hey, Mac Gurus: The bass player in my band wants to buy a Mac. Would like portability but would also like to run high-end audio mixing programs a year from now (MOTU DP @ 24bit/96 mhz). He was tempted to buy a TiBook 667 w/Combo. I suggested he buy a used but nice Pismo G3/400 instead ($800-900), buy a gig of brand name RAM (Kingston $260 for 2 512mb chips) and ship it off to Powerlogix for the G4/500 upgrade ($299). I called Powerlogix and they told me that since they have to dismantle the board anyway they would install any included RAM at NO CHARGE. Nice. A year from now he can buy a PM tower--by then the phantom G5 from Moto may actually exist, or the IBM watered-down Power4 CPU, or both. Once performance is boosted just a bit more than the current towers, he should be able to do 48+ tracks of 24/96 audio w/ample plug-ins no problem. Right now a 1.25 Dual still doesn't have the beans to handle that, but its very close. The money he saved from NOT buying the TiBook (over $2000) could subidize much of the tower purchase next year. Do you all think I gave him good advice? The upgraded Pismo with a gig of RAM and a DVD playing optical drive would be less than the iBook/dvd model with base RAM. The Pismo also has expansion bays so slapping in a burner is no problem--perhaps someday even a DVD burner. Plus it will have a G4 chip with a decent cache and AltiVec--all for far less than $1500. My bassist can buy the OS X-ready version of MOTU's DP and monkey around with it at lower sample rates (20bit/48k was the sample rate of our last recording project) until the next generation of towers comes out. Yes, the video processor & RAM are substandard, but he's not a gamer, and while Quartz won't work on the 8mb video RAM in the Pismo, I hardly think OS X will actually be slow on a G4/500 w/1GIG RAM. Its not really slow on my Pismo G3/400 right now (soon to also be a G4/500, BTW) Titaniums are pricey and catch the wandering eye of any thief in the vacinity. iBooks don't have G4 chips. Both show scratches and wear more than a Pismo. And both cost more. Pismos can take a beating. Please weigh in on my advice. Wise? Unwise? Did I miss something?