Hello, I'm new to these forums, but have lurked for quite some time. I am getting ready to start college, and will be studiying upright bass under Karl Olsen, principle bassist in the Louisville Orchestra. I am an electric player moving over to upright, and the school asks that I purchase my own upright. How much should I expect to spend? Also, I play a five string, as does my professor. Would it be a good idea to start on a five string? I've narrowed my choices down to Upton, Shen, and Christopher...Any personal experiences with these brands? Thank you so much for your help, and I am so sorry if you have heard these questions a billion times...I have called a variety of shops, and they all seem kind of biased to their own stuff.