thnx, spork but no saint, me ... but patience could be my middle name . as far as waiving anything ... haha ... you must be thinking of another country. i was billed 5% for gst (on the full amt incl the shipping cost) + $9.95 for postal service (handling fee) = $54.21 cdn. no duties were levied & since i reside in province of alberta, no provincial sales tax. i think this marks the end of my tube amp acquisitions (yeah, famous last words ...).