Hi, I've just started playing bass this schoolyear (I'm a junior in highschool), and from my background in bass guitar, I've caught up to highschool level and just love the instrument! Over the summer I'm going to be enrolled in a very, very intense practice schedule to get my chops up (classical, arco) for a college audition. My problem is that I have a 4/4 (large 7/8 as the luthier said, I beleive him over ebay, haha) Devilli upright, yes an e-bass. It's an extremely good value for the quality (after a rigorous overhaul, of course....really rigorous, as in completely stripping down fingerboard and sanding and restaining, bridge made adjustable, new endpin and pole, various soundpost adjustments and of course, new strings, and who knows what else), coming in at $1000 total for bass, overhaul, strings, bow, and case. I need a good bass to audition on and to use in college. My bass is very nice and actually outdoes my school's bass ($2500+), but I know that it might not be able to compete at the college+ level (annoying buzzing notes and just not the best bass out there...haha). Over the course of the rest of the year I can probably rake in a maximum of $5,000, (thats really a maximum) which I know can't buy the best bass, but should be able to buy a pretty killer advanced student one. What are the best basses availible for my situation? Should I go for an old bass and overhaul it (by a professional, of course)? Or should I look into something like a new standard and really push my savings? Are there any brands that specialize in this tear of basses? I'm really looking for the best bang, or the most bass, for my buck. Or am I completely misjudging the situation, and might my bass work? It sounds pretty good I'd say. After the overhaul it projects well and doesn't buzz during arco (only jazz pizz, which I really won't be doing any of). I just was thinking that It'd be good to get something really nice, instead of kinda nice. Has anyone here ever been in the same situation that could respond and give me a few tips? Even if you haven't, any knowledge on the subject at all would help greatly. Thank you so much.