Originally Posted by jmacdbass
If you are ever going to use a bow go with the shen
I agree with jmacdbass here. If you are going to bow i'd go with the 150 (in fact that is exactly what I'm doing and my Shen 150 will be in and ready soon. Oh god the waiting!).
I think what you'll find here in recommendations is the following:
Try many basses if you can. This may not be possible due to your region.
If possible, listen to someone play the bass that you want to buy.
For Rockibily, Psychobily and thumping type play go with an all-ply. For Orchestral type play (bowing and the like) go with a hybrid like the 150.
I think price wise that's where you stop. Fully carved can start costing a lot very fast.
Also, if this is your first bass I'd recommend going new and buying from a Luthier or his store. Again, this is what I did because I do not have the skills to look at a used bass and go "yes, this is the one". At least, not yet. I am just a Padawan right now.
Don't rush into anything. This was hardest for me I have to say. You will find "the One". You may regret snapping up the first one you find.
This thread you started here is a great start. Ask all these other very knowledgable folk about potential purchases before buying. They can help you avoid the traps of BSO's.
I'm sure there are other suggestions, but ultimately try many basses and be patient.
Or buy a Shen 150. Sb150=Awesome x2.