I got my first electric bass when I was in middle school, but I didn't get serious about playing until about a year and a half ago (when I was 25). Since then I've been pretty serious about my playing: taking lessons, performing several songs in public, studying theory and acoustic science, and spending on average 45 minutes a day six days a week with an instrument in my hands. I listen to funk, rock, jazz, hip hop, and folk on a regular basis. I've decided that I want to learn upright bass; at least, I do in theory. I love the sound of it, I love the image it gives to the audience, I love that it can be played acoustically and be heard, and I love the powerful sound of a bowed bass. However, some people have been saying discouraging things that worry me a little bit, especially the time investment involved in learning a totally new instrument. Some people have said that if I can't dedicate at least an hour and a half every day just to learning the upright then it wouldn't be worth the effort. I'm currently trying to get into management with my current company which would limit my playing and practice time significantly. I'm also a little concerned about the cost, because while I can buy a really nice electric for $1600 bucks, I would be getting a beginner upright with the same money. I think that were it not for the fact that it can't be bowed, I'd rather get a fretless Godin and a portable amp, save a couple hundred bucks, and not have to worry about the portability issues or the totally different technique I'd have to learn. I feel like I'm at the edge of the diving board and about to make the big leap, but at the last second I'm having doubts. Can someone help me out and push me over the edge?