Greeting All, I'm in the process of looking for a string bass for my son, who is a cellist but seems to be interested in bass recently. There seem to be a number of options, and I'm considering them all, and would be very happy to get some input from this forum. Options: 1) 4/4 cello strung as a bass ($200 eBay cello + quasi-bass setup) 2) Engelhardt M3 (~$900? + setup) 3) eBay plywood basses ($400 + setup) 4) Real, decent carved 1/4 bass (~$1700 and up) I'm very leery of cheep eBay instruments, wondering how much setup is involved in converting a big cello to a bass, curious as to how good an Engelhardt would be with a bow (this is a requirement) and not particularly happy about spending $2000+ on a kid's first instrument. I do want him to have an enjoyable initial experience on the thing, though. Any thoughts?