I am an EB player extremely interested in diving headfirst into the world of UB. I work for a non-profit organization which, needless to say, puts a serious limit to my spending. My question is this. Do I shell out $600 + for a sub-sub par laminate with rosewood fittings and begin my lifelong journey, or do I hold off for 2 + years and put the $ towards a great sounding, fully carved instrument? I have always subsribed to the notion that you might as well spend the extra money to buy what you really want, but unfortunately, my financial situation makes this impossible. What I am struggling with is the time issue. I almost think settling for the "****-kicker" would be the best bet as it would alow me to be that much farther ahead in learning the instrument when I can finally afford a "real" one. What are your thoughts?