There are quite a few items that I could
address, but I'll need to prioritize things. Essentially, every $50 or so that I spend is one less lesson. My mental list at this point goes like this:
End pin - I have to do something
here - either buy or make something
Tailpiece hanger - the nylon one is fine for now - maybe I'll get a kevlar or similar one later.
Tailpiece - Again, it's fine for now - replace with ebony later.
Bridge - It's not adjustable, it's too high (E 12/16, A 14/16, D, 13/16, G 10/16), and it may have a bit of warping; for the near term, I'll just follow the methods in the Traeger book to bring the string action down.
Stand - Apart from the bass, the only other thing I have is a bag. A stand would be convenient. I may build one of those carpet lined boxes for now. A folding stand like the Ingles would be nice later.
Bow - I will buy one immediately after I find a teacher.
Strings - My guess is that I need to replace these, but I'll have my teacher play the bass to see if they are acceptable. If I need to replace them, I'd likely go with a hybrid string if I can pick up a used set of Evah Weichs.
Pickup/preamp - I'll buy it when I actually need it. Lessons first.