Hello, I am new to the forum and had a few questions about basses in general. My 12 year old son (who now plays piano) is interested in learning so he can play in a local orchestra, and also play some-old time and celtic music with his friends. I have no clue what to look for in this instrument, or even where to find one. I have read there are two different kinds of bows, and I have no clue about those either! What kind of price range should we be looking at? We would want it playable, but not top quality (he is only a 6th grade beginner)? Are there certain brands that have decent student level basses? Is it possible to find these used? I think he would need a 1/2 size since he is under 5 foot. Can anyone shed some light on this unknown territory, or point us in the right direction for info? Thanks so much!