Yep, it's another potential "first bass" thread from me. I need to pick one eventually. Douglas WVEB Short Scale Violin Bass Black at RondoMusic.com This bass recently caught my eye, primarily because it's much cheaper than the Squier Vintage Modified Precision in my local music shop, and as a beginner, money's a premium for me. Also, the violin "look" has always appealed to me. Is this a good bass for the money? It seems pretty good compared to the Squier Precision, but hey, I'm not an expert. I know from an old thread that I should get replacement strings. What kind should I get? Preferably ones that aren't too rare or expensive, as again, money's a slight issue. Finally, I've read about "setup" for a bass. What will I need to do upon getting it to get it into a good condition for practice?