I've been looking on talkbass for a while now trying to find information for the purchase of my first bass. Like many other bassists I am faced with the problem of budget. I have been saving up money from gigs and will probably have at the most $2500 to spend. I primarily gig playing jazz but have also got some classical gigs (recently playing Handel's Messiah) and made the all-state orchestra. I am very serious and plan on having my bass for a while. My question is what type of basses did you guys play before moving up to more expensive instruments and at what point in you career did you purchase them. How did you guys' early basses compare to something like the Christopher Hybrid?