I have an Eastman Rudolph Doetsche 3/4 bass and a Chinese 5/8 (Sunrise Venice from Lemur) bass. Both, are equally playable and are carved basses. Interestingly, the 5/8 bass has a 41" fingerboard.
As a smaller person, the thing I look for most in a new bass is a smaller upper bout and a bass that has sloped shoulders. The Sunrise Venice 5/8 has an upper bout in the 18" range. That is about the most important thing to me, and makes is so much easier to get around the basses, play in thumb position, etc. So, you might also look for sloped shoulders and be mindful of that and consider that in your search for a bass.
As far as weight of the basses, the Eastman is much lighter. Not sure why. Different woods, I guess.