So, let's talk about going the other way. I've been playing upright for about three years now. My background is saxophone, so I have no background on electric bass. As with many other people, there are situations where it is really really difficult to deal with a double bass. Typically for me this is either an issue of transportation, or of a very restricted space in which to play. So, I am thinking about getting a solid body electric bass. I play mostly bluegrass and a traditional jazz. I am not playing at a very high level (although I am having a great time, and I think I'm improving every day). I don't think I need to invest $1500+ in a super duper US made all the bells and whistles electric bass, nor do I want to. What would the group here think about something like the Squier Precision Bass starter kit, with careful adjustment of string heights, fretboard relief, etc., and a set of flatwound strings - maybe with some foam rubber under the strings to cut the ringing? I am confident I can make adjustments on an electric bass; I have thirty years in mechanical engineering and have completely rebuilt all types of equipment and musical instruments (although I am not planning to do anything too wild with my double bass!) Anyway, a bass like that is cheap enough that even in the worst case scenario I would not be losing much. Would a bass like that be adequately playable for root-fifth and walkups, or a little 4-4 walking on a trad jazz tune, given that I am playing at a very amateur level? Is the build quality of these bottom-feeder basses so low that I need to bump up the budget to get something usable? Thanks.