I am looking to get a upright. I breifly had used Framus but thats another story. So i learned with my experince with the framus the value of buying a good instrument with a good setup. But were this all gets screwed up is wich one? I am looking for a simple ply bass to play country, folk, roots type music with. On a looks stand point i prefer Gamba corners. Since i have seen several violin corners busted. I also love a blonde or honey colored bass. I have read about the Shen basses and understand why so many like them! But i have to say it kills me to see the Engilheardt basses made in the U.S.A and for the same money or less and choose something else. I will be buying late this spring and i am trying to make a more educated purchase than i did last time. I will have a sub 2,000 dollar budget. I have read about Shen, Engilheardt, Thomas, Christopher, Estle lois, Podova, and so on. All seem to meet the specs recommended on this board. Another thing i have noticed is the vast differinces in the same models in price and materials depending on who you purchase from! All of this just makes things hard. I feel i know less about what i want/need now than when i started researching! Help!!