Greetings from the northern wastelands (A.K.A. the Bass Guitar Forums)! As a life-long bass guitarist, I've never really had the pleasure of playing an upright bass. But a recent windfall has changed that - somewhat. I've recently placed a deposit on an electric upright bass (please don't hate me), an NS Design NSDB-CR5M to be precise. I'm getting an electric upright as opposed to a double bass for several reasons: space/traveling concerns, the fact that I'm going to be gigging in high volume situations, and the fact that I don't really intend to play classical or trad jazz anytime in the near future - if ever (no slight against these forms, I appreciate them greatly, but they're just not in my personal future). As my present gig is playing latin and latin-influenced rock, this also is a good fit (the Ampeg Baby Bass connection). So far, you may think it odd that I've posted here in the Bows forum, but that is exactly what my question is going to be about, as my questions about the actual instrument itself have already been settled. I fully intend to learn to play this instrument (or abomination if you prefer ) properly, including bowing. That said, I'm completely clueless as to bows, the types, and the techniques. As to the techniques, I do intend to find a teacher eventually, and from some of the threads I've read here some or most of you believe that it is best to use the bow the teacher does. That may not be the best choice for me personally though, as I may not be able to spend much time in study in the near future (too many gigs, a lot of traveling), and I don't know of any teachers in my area (Orlando, FL, in case anyone happens to know of one... ). What I would greatly appreciate from the collective wisdom of the TB Double Bassists are some simple (or as simple as possible) answers to these questions: 1) What are the relative merits/pros vs. cons of the two primary bow types, and which would fit my needs as an EUB player best, in your opinions? 2) Do you think that bow construction and materiels used in that construction will have as strong an impact on my situaion as an EUB player vs. those who play the acoustic upright? (I have my suspicions that it will, and I fully understand that a good bow is as much an instrument in its own right as most other instruments). 3) How much should I expect to spend to get a GOOD student-to-entry-level pro bow? 4) Should I invest in a good wood bow, get a good fiberglass one, or one of the composites? Any other comments, suggestions, or insights would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!