I've been playing bass guitar for about 15 years but this is my first venture into the world of DB. I picked it up from Michelle Fiore who I'm sure many of you in the Chicagoland area are familiar with. She was incredibly helpful and a real pleasure to do business with (not to mention she really knows her stuff about double bass). The bass is a Shen SB80 strung with Obligatos. I'm digging it so far but am definitely going to be looking into a few lessons after the holidays are over to at least get my technique in order. The pic sucks but its all I have for now.