Hello! I am in the market for a new bass and was hoping that I could get a few pointers. I played an Eastman 305 a couple of months back and thought it was a pretty nice instrument. I was seriously considering buying it until I saw all of the praise that people have for Shen basses. Has anyone had the opportunity to compare an Eastman to a Shen? If I were to get a Shen I think it would be between the 7/8 SB200 Willow and the 3/4 SB200 Rogeri Willow. I have not had the opportunity to play a Shen, but I live in the middle of Wyoming. Not a lot of bass shops around here. I would most likely be ordering the Shen from Nick Lloyd Basses in Cincinnati without having actually played it (I know, I know). Any information on this shop would also be appreciated. Thanks! Marta Oh, I suppose i should mention that I this bass will mostly be used for jazz, but I am also hoping to improve my classical chops (both in an orchestra setting and as a solo player). My budget is in the $5,000.00 range (in case you'd like to make other suggestions). Thanks again!