Hi all, I'm currently playing a '46 Kay M1 with obligatos (just ordered some dominants to try) and am looking to upgrade to a bass in the 5-7k range. I just finished my first semester at msm (jazz major) and am becoming more and more dissatisfied with my kay. It doesn't really speak in thumb position, the arco tone leaves much to be desired, and it is difficult to play and practice on several hours everyday. For what I payed for the instrument (and put into it) it has really served me well but I feel like its time to look into a nicer bass. I've read through the forums a bit and I definitely want to try out the New Standards (particularly the hybrid models), a Wan-Bernadel (I recently played Steve Laspina's, but I'd like to spend some time with one), and will check out what David Gage and Mike Shank have at their shops. I feel like I can cover a good range of instruments this way but I was wondering if anyone has any advice/guidance? My old teacher at home has a Kolstein that he seems pretty happy with, would his shop be worth checking out? Ideally I'd like a good all around bass that will get me through school that I will really enjoy practicing on and playing. Thanks in advance.