I'm thinking of buying a Czech-Ease travel bass. I'm in the UK, and they are very rare here, so I'm unlikely to find a used one unless I am lucky. If I buy one I will have to take a bit of a punt, and order by mail, so my main problem is choosing which model to go for. At the moment the Vintage Ply (K1) or Carved (C1) from the three new models look the most appealing to me, but it's difficult to tell from the description which would be most suitable. I am mainly planning to use it for Big Band (amplified of course), and possibly musical theatre work. I have a very nice Thomas Martin full-size DB that I use for orchestral stuff, but would like something more portable for the Big Band. I got fed up taking a full size DB to the Big Band and have been using a plank for the last few years - but I do miss the sound/feel etc. of the DB! Anyone out there have any advice, especially if you have played/heard the various models? At the moment the Vintage Ply model is probably favourite, as I'm looking for a punchy sound to cut through the melee of a Big Band, but if the perceived wisdom is that it is worth spending the extra on the carved, then I am happy to go that route. Thanks in advance!