My instructor and I are planning a road trip in November in order for me to shop for a new bass. We're starting from central Florida and working our way up to our final destination, Kolstein's in NY. Can anyone recommend any shops that would be approximately along our route? Also, just to get an opinion on this, my instructor recently put together a German school bass. He said it's probably from the 1960's, and he would be willing to sell it to me for a pretty low cost (around $4k with a Seifert bow). It sounds awesome, especially in the low end. It's extremely dark and growly. However, it wouldn't really be a good investment because it's not worth a lot. There's a crack that runs right over the sound post; it has a patch inside of it and doesn't really affect the sound, but it still defaces the value. There's also a crack that runs very close to the bass bar. Given my low price range, sound is pretty much everything, but at the same time I would like to make a good investment so that when I want a better bass later on, I can sell my current one for a pretty penny. What do you guys think? Lots of bang (sound) for the buck, or a wise investment for the future? I'm taking the trip to NY either way just to make sure I don't miss out on anything, but I'd just like to hear some thoughts on it before I go. P.S. My price range is between $3k and $6k. I could really use something in the $10k+ range since I'm currently playing in some pretty important positions, but unfortunately I'm a broke bloke.