I am going to begin making the transition from EB to DB in the next few months (hopefully) and have some questions. 1) My only friend to have made this switch cheated on it--he bought a Zeta electric upright that has a 34" scale--its basically a fretless EB on a stick. I do not want that--I want the 41" thud, but I am going to buy an electric upright (logistical reasons) and am looking for suggestions. 2) Along the same lines as #1, should I buy the bass prior to taking lessons or after a few? There is no way I am going to quit playing after a few lessons, so I think the investment would be wise, but I am open to other opinions. 3) Does anyone know of any good, cheap teachers in Athens, GA? I am on the "starving college student" budget and working for the university does not pay to well (I don't think student jobs ever do) so I need someone who is pretty inexpensive, but I also want a quality teacher. Suggestions? (I know there have to be some Georgia people somewhere on this board). Any other comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.