Looking at getting my first (and most likely only) UB. Being lazy I guess I want something that is always going to be in prime playing condition despite all the varying conditions. While on my EBs things like truss rod and minor nut and bridge adjustments are within my realm I feel nothing on a decent carved UB would be DIY so it'd be going to the luthier a lot. (OK, I might be over-reacting but all my instruments have always been made of solid wood, carbon and steel...) Other factors: Being a leftie I'm pretty limited to choice (budget ~$3000), never any used options Always use reinforcement so I'd need to get a decent mic/piezo etc. and that means self-imposing a painfully long and detailed TB/google research that would be a prerequisite to purchase I generally have some sort of clumsy incident (trying to carry too many things etc.) Lower action & easy to play for an EB convert Not likely to arco But: Any gig would be local (have car space, would never fly) A decent UB-like sound is important Some part of me wants to be a purist Basically with my price range it comes down to either an Engelhardt ES-1/9 Leftie (if the reversing upmark, case & shipping still keeps it at $3000 - oh plus the piezo, preamp etc.) or the MK Classic.