This poll needs an option for not anymore... Frankly, an EUB would probably not do the trick to me. It is too different from an actual upright. I understand the desire to save money, but it's an expensive instrument. You'd probably have to spend $3000 to get into okay-I-can-play-this range. Part of why I don't play anymore. EUBs are cool, and definitely real instruments, but they also do not really feel very much like playing an acoustic upright, or sound that close. You'd probably honestly get closer to the experience with an ABG. Also, while upright can help you as a musician and get you more gigs, it's definitely not required, if that's what you are thinking.