I've been searching around and I keep getting a lot of different opinions on playing an electric and acoustic upright. I am currently enrolled in school studying string bass, however I came into school with only a history in bass guitar. I play a fretless electric so I understand the whole intonation jump, etc. etc. I am not looking for an opinion on bass guitar and upright technique. I see them as two COMPLETELY different instruments with slight similarities. So I am studying upright with proper upright technique. I am also studying from Simandl's method at the moment through a DB professor. I have been playing on a crumby 1/2 size acoustic bass that I am renting from my school. I had to replace the strings as well as buy a pickup for the upright since in jazz band I have to amplify the bass. So I am not even going to be playing unmic'd at all. None of my gigs have been in such conditions. So utilizing an amp will always be the case, ergo not even a true acoustic sound. My main beef with the acoustic so far is its size. I cannot practice my acoustic rental at my apartment due to the loud sound it creates. I, instead, have to carry my double bass around school all day and it is a big strain in terms of comfort (especially the back), convenience, and just all around experience. Unlike every other grouping of instruments (i.e. woodwinds, brass, percussion), strings have no room designated to be stored. Therefore I cannot leave my bass anywhere and I have to continue this inconvenience of toting this massive bass around all day for 12 hours or more. So I have to always have my bass with me even to the bathroom or it could be stolen and I am stuck paying $3,000 on a bogus bass. I do not have the money to buy a high quality acoustic bass either so I am looking at spending about $700-1400 on an Electric Upright Bass IF you guys believe studying on an electric is okay. Do the chops transfer back and forth well between DB and EUB? Also is bowing similar, such as positions between neck and bridge (e.g. bowing at the bridge is played much slower for longer sustains, etc.)? All in all, I plan to own a true DB when I graduate and can afford it, however, for now is an EUB okay to study on or will it hinder my training? P.S. I do not intend to be an exclusive DB player. I have no intention of abandoning my playing as an electric bassist. I primarily play jazz/funk/r&b/latin/eastern/dub/fusion and I do not intend on being an orchestral player. Bowing is primarily being utilized for intonation purposes and for experimental playing, e.g. Dan Berglund of E.S.T. or Chris Wood of MMW. I know this is a long read, so I TRULY appreciate all of your time. Thank you very much and I look forward to any help!