i'm posting cuz i need inspiration. i've got a pretty neat gig where the woman is going to eventually want an upright player. don't want to lose the gig, and feel i have a lot of earning/traveling potential if i stick with her. if i decide to buy an upright it means the bongo bass i've been jonseing for is pushed even further into the future... anyway, my questions: is it easier to intonate on a double bass than on a fretless acoustic? i've been playing a fretless for a while, and i'm not digging it as much as i hoped i would. it seems whenever i see an upright player their intonation seems impeccable. am i just seeing really experienced players, or is it a little easier than on an electric. does anyone know of a place i can rent one at a reasonable price in NY. how much are they usually rented for. if i don't know any standup bass players how can i know if i'm renting a decent instrument with good intonation and action??? must i trust the integrity of whomever i'm renting it from? is there a good book or video someone can recommend for a beginner that would teach me proper technique and all that stuff. if i decided to buy what would be my best bet if i had to stay under like $1,300. also, is it possibly to get something worthwile for under $1000. how can i steal one without getting caught, hurting anyone, or having kharma come back and kick my ass. that's all. inspire me now please.