I am hoping to get a little perspective on a future purchase. This is not a hybrid ~vs~ ply thread; I know all the pros and cons. It is more about what is more practical given the situation. Right now, I am playing 90% classical and I don't foresee that changing too much in the next few years. My main bass was made by Seth Kimmel. I believe that basses are made to be played and I generally don't fear taking my instruments out of the house. I do treat my instruments well. I wipe them down every time I finish playing and when they are not in my hands, they are in their cases. But, I do realize that they are for playing, not for stressing over. I like this little gem that I heard on TB: If the gig is safe enough for me to be there, it is safe enough for my instrument. However, there are certain situations where a backup bass does make sense; outdoor concerts, tight pit gigs, maybe a club or two, or when the Kimmel needs to be in the shop. The obvious choice, tonally, is a Shen SB150. The hybrid would get me closer to the tone that I want than a ply. I am not worried about cracks or maintenance. Things happen, but I would rather repair a crack on the Shen than my other bass. But, just being realistic, I am considering how often I will use the bass. It certainly makes more financial sense to get the lower cost plywood Shen SB100 or SB88. Especially if I am only going to play the bass a few times a year. The other thing that makes me like the the idea of a ply is that it would be a completely different tone that I can use for other genres. One other bass that I've started to consider is the Upton Bohemian ply. I have never played one, and this is also more than I want to spend, but I am just entertaining the idea for now. I would have to hear the Shen hybrid next to it to see how I feel. I really like the idea of buying a newer instrument. I have played a few older plys and they are nice, but I like the idea of having a back up with the same string length and D neck as my main instrument.