Agreed, I remember my first ever ding (caused by someone else) and it just made me feel sick. I think its actually kind of liberating though, as you tend to baby it less. My PartsCaster has some lovely belt rash that I'm quite proud of! Had a major scare with my Martin D18 though when I found what I thought was a serious crack in the soundboard. Tech confirmed it was only in the lacquer though.....!