Hey all To my excitement, I'll be visiting New York for 3 weeks in July to check out the awesome jazz scene over there. I'll be staying in Brooklyn for the first week and studying at NYU through their jazz improvisation summer course in the second two weeks. I have a few questions for more seasoned bassists who either currently live in or have been to New York in the past. 1. I've been doing my research on renting a double bass during my stay. I know a few people who have rented from the David Gauge store and were very happy with the quality of the instrument. However, it seems like this option is very expensive and as a student on a tight budget, I would like to try to minimise costs. Are there any go to places in New York for affordable double bass rental? I found a place called 'The Bass Garden' that looked more affordable and I found a trading site called 'Rent a Bass' that looked interesting. Has anyone had any experience with either of these places? I will need a pickup and preferably a bow. 2. While I'm there, I was thinking of trying to organise a couple of lessons. At the moment, I'm really trying to get beneath the surface of the American jazz tradition through listening and transcription. A long term goal I have is to play with that amazing intensity and groove that is found in so many double bassists in the NY scene (eg. Reuben Rogers, Matt Penman, Christian McBride, Larry Grenadier, Linda Oh). Has anyone had a lesson from a kickarse player that was really awe inspiring and helped you to understand what you needed to do to bring your playing to the next level? I'm even open to having lessons with non double bassists if they were particularly enlightening. 3. Finally, are there any clubs or hidden gems that are worth knowing about? As an outsider, I'd love to know what's worth checking out at night. Thanks for the help!