As I've mentioned in previous posts, back in March I ordered a left-handed 200 series Christopher from Bob Beerman's shop in Greensboro. Now Concord (the distributor) says the bass won't be here until August. Bob is very appologetic and offered to do whatever I want in regards to returning the deposit. He has also talked to Engelhardt as an alternative - they say they can deliver a lefty in 2-3 weeks. This is my first URB and my original plan was to get a medium priced laminated bass figuring that even if I got a carved or hybrid eventually, I'd want to have a ply bass for outdoor gigs. (Lots of oportunity to play out in the Virginia heat and humidity.) So here are the alternatives for laminates I am considering. 1. Wait for the Christopher. 2. Order an Engelhardt ES1 from Beerman. (He puts a new bridge, strings (Kolstein Heritage), soundpost in the Engeldardt while doing the setup. On the Christopher he puts on new strings and bridge adjusters.) 3. I put in a call about a New Standard Cleveland. Still waiting to hear back. Don't know if Arnold makes lefties or not. Originally I had been thinking about a Cleveland hybrid as my "next step." 4. Non-ply options included Bob Golihur's carved Bulgarian basses. Also, Jim Laabs has at least one lefty bass in stock. In either case I'd take the bass to Beerman's shop for setup. 5. Then there is the "do not pass go, do not save $200" option of going directly to a Cleveland hybrid. Seems like overkill for a first bass, and I'd rather have a cheaper bass for outdoor gigs, but it's something to think about. Right now the Christopher is still on order. Beerman is emailing them asking if the August date they are giving us now is any better than the June date they gave us in March. Any advice or other options would be appreciated. Thanks.