IMHO, it will take a while for the whole large scale employer/employee relationship thing to filter out. I am retired IT and been through it in what was a long term stable industry (paper). All things change and that did as wll. I was lucky to survive 3 downsizings in one year. Of course, I went from computer based instrumentation to IT because I was downsized. After going from federal employment to academic to industry due to instabilities it was great for a while. Then the business as family faded and it became transactional - my labor for their money. I did enjoy the work and my co-workers were good, but at the end of the day it was still transactional. On the other hand, I have friends who worked either for themselves or for small companies where it wasn't like that. Those of us that live in the US live in a capitalist economy which means goods like guitars will go through highs and lows. Just some thoughts. Meanwhile, my compassionate understanding goes out to all those who are let go. I've been there and it sucks.