I have been talking to the guys at Upton over the last few weeks, and I have all but decided to order their UB Standard Hybrid. I am still a few months away from having the money I need, so I have been exploring other options just to see what else is out there. One of the guys I talked to in a local violin shop called me today and told me that he has a 2004 Christopher bass, model number DB402T, for about $2800. It sounds like it is in good shape. From what I have read about the bass, it is a fully carved Chinese bass. Some of the people I have talked to have said that Chinese instruments are the best basses for the money right now, and others have said to avoid them like the plague. The Christopher would be nearly $1000 less than the Upton (after adding a bow, case, and shipping to Utah), but I was hoping some of you out there might be able to tell me what you think about this. I will get a chance to see and possibly play the Christopher bass next week, and there is no chance I will get to see or play any Upton bass before mine is shipped to me, if I end up ordering it from them. Thoughts?