The crux of the issue is the assumption that the people you are interacting with will keep their word. The reality is most people will say whatever is expedient for the moment. Two things are clear, The current gapper setup is unsustainable for a myriad of reasons and any gapper program going forward should require little or no financial input from Paul. I also think that in addition to a buy in there should be a deposit for tool replacement that has to be replensihed if it is used up. If you break it you bought it.