After not playing upright bass for twenty years, I have returned - taking lessons and playing a cheezy rental instrument. My question is, at what price point (or instrument quality, type) does one have to invest in so the value of ones instrument appreciates, or stays flat, as oppossed to depreciating?This is with the assumption that said instrument is properly cared for and serviced. As a family man and father of four, a bass in the $6K, $8K & up range isn't going to happen for me. On the other hand, investing in a $1K instrument is easier to do, will it appreciate in value? (Idon't think so, but?) I want a decent instrument to grow with. The odds of being able to upgrade the intrument while my kids are in school (ages 3,8,12,14) are extremely low. BUT, if I can show wife that the instrument will aprreciate in value, it becomes more do-able AND more likley to spend a little more money intially. After playing in bar bands for years and playing equipment roulette she's a tough sale. So, how low should I look for one whose value should remain flat or appreciate? Thanks!