There are a group of amateur orchestras in our area. Last night, we went to a concert of the middle group. The group was not terribly impressive, nor was the single bassist. (But the 2 guest soloists were pretty amazing!) My wife approached the conductor (who she knew from before), and he invited us to join the even LOWER orchestra! So we're gonna give it a shot. Looks like they have 2 bassists. I figure my mission is to make them remove from their website the language saying "All strings are welcome, especially double bass"! I printed off the music, and suffice it to say, I'm confident I will bring the "pathetic" to Tchaikovsky's 6th. Darn, that's a long piece! Wonder if THIS will be enough to encourage me to finally take and stick with some lessons? Should I bring my hybrid and bow, or just slap away on my ply?