Hi there, I am an advanced upright bass player located in Colorado looking around at possible options to upgrade my current bass. I play many instruments and have a cheap(er) plywood bass at the moment which works great for pizzicato but when bowed there is much to be desired. I have looked around (staying under the $3k price point) and come up with a few options, but some of them have more info on them than others. I'm curious to know any sort of advice that anyone can give me! Option 1: Estle Louis Fully Carved from Gollihur Music - Price point is intriguing - I haven't heard very much about the actual sound of these basses other than just a few comments here and there - I have read not to get hung up on the "fully carved" idea... how would this compare to a Shen hybrid? Option 2: "Affordable Carved Bass" from String Emporium - Seems like the exact same bass as listed above... anyone have insight on how this bass sounds though? They probably both come from the same factory and therefore are basically the same bass Option 3: Thompson RM-200 Hybrid from String Emporium - I have heard many great things about this bass, and it is a very reasonable cost (especially once shipping/accessories are added) - Again, how does this compare with a slightly more expensive Shen? Option 4: Shen SB-150 or a Used Nicer Model - This is a super popular bass with my teacher's studio - Wondering how this compares to something fully carved (made in China as well) from above - With the cost on this versus a Thompson, am I paying for the brand name, or should I get on the bandwagon and look some more into a Shen? I have heard fantastic things about them and played a few myself, but I'm just considering all of my options. Option 5: Recommendations? - I have very little experience with buying basses (I've only ever owned one) and I am seeking advice of those who either own any of these basses or of anyone who knows something within my price range. I am open to any ideas!