I want to learn upright bass, but there are a few problems with that idea. One, I don't have $1500 to spend on a decent one and anything cheaper doesn't seem to be worthwhile. Two, I live in a small apartment on the second floor that's crowded as it is. Three, my car's door frames aren't amenable to the idea. So I was interested in alternatives. I was looking at a Breedlove fretless acoustic bass guitar and putting some tape wounds and a foam mute on it in order to mimic the lack of sustain on an upright. I have a connection at a music store and I can get this bass for about 1/3 of retail price. Any idea if this is an idea worth pursuing, or if I should just save up and bite the bullet for the real thing?