HI, I'm new here but have been lurking for awhile. I love reading all the posts! Here is my situation: I have played the double bass at school for about 6 years, but have never owned one. Now, I am thinking about taking the plunge! So, here is what I am looking at: Not sure what is going on with the pickup here in the first one. Is this normal? I've never used one. 1st) used Eastman VB95 equipped with a REALIST pick- up/Gage transducer with a Presto padded bag, a bow and stand. You will see in the close up pictures, note location markings to help target your fingers to the correct location on the fingerboard. the markings are on the left side (“G” String) and at the octave higher, the markings move to the right side (“E” String). The marking are put on by a luthier. While he was at it, he did not feel that it was loud enough without the pick up and altered the structure under the bridge. Now it is much louder then before. This took place 6 months ago. The bass has never been damaged or repaired other than this. Hardly played over the years since purchased in 2014. $2150.00 Excellent condition. OR.... 2nd) New Shen SB 150 3/4 hybrid Violin corners, a round back, 41” string length, and a ‘D’ Neck, Set up with a high quality Despiau French bridge, Strung with Helicore Pizzicato strings, Limited 1 year warranty $2450 plus tax (no bag, or bow) I know I have to play both to see which I like. Any thoughts? Concerns? Ideas? Thanks from a rookie!!!!!