OK, so I am finally thinking of "biting the bullet" and getting the right instrument for playing in small Jazz groups - which is what I think I really want to do. Talked to a very, very good Jazz DB player last Friday night and he recommended Foote's in Golden Square in London. http://www.footesmusic.com They have "Andreas Zeller" carved Rumanian basses at about £1300 - £1400 in stock with Thomastik Spirocores, bow and vinyl carrying bag. I searched here, but found nothing about these particular basses - does this sound like a good deal? It's well within my price range - there are about 1.45 $ to the £ . Anybody have any idea about or experience of these? Any other tips, hints - things I should ask or look out for? I will be in London this week sometime to have a look and I phoned - they mentioned they usually also have more expensive German basses but these are currently sold out - they sold 3 in a week! Should I wait and try one of these for comparison or get the Rumanian one if I like it? Oh well I can think of hundreds of questions, but I don't want to tax everyone's patience - any help will be gratefully accepted!