I'm about to buy my first double bass. I've been playing bass guitar at the semi pro level for 30 years and I played upright in a college jazz combo and musicals in the early 90s. I'm currently in Germany and old beat up basses are going cheap on Ebay, sometimes under 500. Some are all plywood and some have solid tops. All are old and beat up in that price range. The ones with solid tops seem to be prone to cracks, which brings me to my question: Should I stick with a plywood top so that I don't have to worry about cracks and future repairs, or is the trade off in sound of a solid top worth the risk? I plan to drag the bass around to gigs and will almost always use an amp with a bridge piezo. I also want to work on my bowing with one day maybe playing in a community orchestra when I can finally retire from my day job. I expect that this will not be the bass to play classical on, however. If that happens, I will be in the market for something nicer. Thanks for your opinions!!