So, I'm currently just taking a look, putting a "feeler" to see what's out there in entry-level carved basses, in 3/4 or 7/8 size (gravitating toward 3/4, given the size of my car). I'm taking a good, long look at the following models: *String Emporium's "G. B. Rogeri" *Christopher "Amati" *Christopher "Gofriller" *Jay Haide "Quenoil" Questions, for those who have experience with these models: 1) Are any of these basses available with an Eb neck? 2) Is the Jay Haide a roundback, or a flatback? 3) From the photos on Christopher's website, I can tell the "Gofriller" is a roundback, but I cannot tell if the same is true of the "Amati." 4) How does String Emporium's bass compare to the Shen model of nearly-identical shape? If you guys have any first-hand experience with any of these instruments, I'd like to hear about it!