A few simple questions from a guy who is looking to put the old six string acoustic down and learn to play a bass. Assuming that I don't want to take out a second on the house or sell my truck ... What factors should I consider about when I am looking for a bass to purchase? Where are the best places to look for a bass? Are the online auctions any good? How did you balance budget with the knowledge that a crummy instrument will likely develop crummy habits? I've read the online FAQs and a few magazine articles - I'm actually more interested in what those participating in this forum think. If you are willing to share... Thanks in advance for any help you can send my way.