My son is hoping to attend music school in Denver this Fall. He will be in a contemporary music program with an emphasis on Jazz. To date, he has played a limited amount of upright bass. But he will be playing a lot of it if he indeed enters the jazz program. He has purchased all of his electric basses himself, and he has some very beautiful, hand crafted, wood electric basses. But I am going to pay for the upright bass. I need the voice of experience to help with this 1st purchase. Clearly, I am not going to purchase a carved bass in the $7,500 and up category. But I am wondering about a "good" fully laminated bass that will stand up to a student's life in a semi-arid locale, versus some of the Eastern European fully carved basses I have seen anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000. I guess in a nutshell, is there really such a thing as a good laminated bass? For example, Kolstein's in NY has a $3,600 fully carved, slightly oversized 3/4 bass, with violin shoulders. They also have a $2,400 fully laminated 3/4 bass from Eberle's (Germany?). And what about the top of the line Englehardts? Thanks for any insights you might share.