Hi all, I'm still a relatively new DB player, picking it up a little over a year ago, but having played EB for many years. I am currently renting a Fritz Steinmeyer bass according to what it says on the label inside the bass, which I believe (based on what I'm paying to rent it and that it's listed as a HS student instrument), is a cheap plywood instrument. My main playing situations at this point are at home (for practice and pleasure), at church in a small band with (mild) drums, guitar and piano, and most recently I've started using it in community musical theatre productions. I'm currently rehearsing in a 12 piece band (including 3 keys, drums and brass/woodwind) for the production of Young Frankenstein. I play both pizz and arco in all playing situations probably about 60% pizz : 40% arco. For amplification I'm using an EAP pickup with the matching Ehrlund Pre-amp, running into a LittleMark III into a Bergantino HR112EX(?) which is my EB setup. Most venues I play have some FOH support but the sound engineers aren't very qualified to get the best out of individual instruments and sometimes are limited by old / dodgy equipment. I'm not in a position where I want to start changing the amplification setup even though I know it may limit my on amplified quality. With the setup I can send a clean signal to a desk where needed. My main issue with the current bass is that the E at first position on the D string, and the same note at third position on the A string seems really quiet compared to other notes on the bass. Given that the same note on different strings is affected that would rule out a string issue (in my mind) and point towards some sort of dead frequency on the bass. Is that likely/possible? Is that fixable? The second issue with the current bass is that the B at 2nd position on the G string (and to a lesser extend at 1st on the A string) is really 'boomy'/resonant compared to other notes. When playing Pizz I am quick to damp the string but the body of the bass still seems to sustain the note. This is making amplifying the bass rather difficult. The boominess can be heard clearly when playing purely acoustically. Is this fixable? With those issues in mind, I believe I will soon be in a position to purchase my own bass and would most likely invest in a fully carved instrument. Unfortunately here in Perth Australia there are limited choices for instruments/stores and quality luthiers. I will most likely need to travel to the east coast to have more choice and it seems that many people over there are pushing the upper end Chinese models of Jay Haide, Christopher and the Romanian Gliga basses. There are some second hand European basses on the market like Hoftner as well. So I'm not sure if I should be looking at the new Chinese stuff or the older European ones. The Chinese ones seem to start at about $6k with better models in the $8-10k range, and the European ones seem to sit more in the $10-15k price range. I'm wondering whether these fully carved basses that I'm looking at are likely to suffer from similar issues as the cheaper rental that I'm currently learning on, and if correct setup of both the rental and the better instrument could address these issues and even out the sound across the fingerboard. I know that's a lot of questions and information. So I would be super appreciative of anyone who takes the time to respond with their thoughts/input/feedback on the situation.