I got a chance to try that bass I mentioned earlier over the weekend. (The brand actually was Aucona). It seemed to need a setup but, on the whole, played better than I expected and had a good sound from what I could tell. If I can get them to knock a bit off the price, I'll may go for it. Thank you all once again for your help, and when I do finally pick up a DB, might I formally request entry to the Dark Castle?