I just wanted to say that I got a Christopher laminate double bass late last week (renting to own) and I really love it so far. I'm a newbie to DBs so I might not know what I'm talking about but it sounds really good to me. It's a 7/8 and it really seems to growl on the lower notes (I'm using it for "jazz"). I've played several lately and this one felt and sounded as good as any I played, and I played some REALLY expensive instruments. (I decided on a Chrstopher after reading good things about them here.) I also have to say that dealing with the people at the violin shop was cool too. I'm so used to a Guitar Center environment and this was totally different - I just gave them a few references and three months worth of rent and walked out the door with a great instrument. It's sorta old school that they trust you like that but it was really refreshing. They didn't do a credit check and ask for my SSN or anything. And the guy who "sold" it to me seemed really interested making sure I had a good experience even though I'm a very small fish to them, I'm sure. Anyhow, it just seems like a different world and I guess that makes sense, considering they deal in instruments that have been around for hundreds of years. Anyhow, thanks to everyone for their advice and I'm sure I'll be posting again soon.