Hi there, I'm getting around to looking thoroughly for a new bass as an upgrade to my current ply, looking to stay around $3k or under. I perform mostly orchestral music and occasionally play jazz/bluegrass, but the bowed sound is my priority. Looking to go play these in the next few weeks, but I would like any input on the companies/reputations of these basses. Here are my top two options currently, but I am also open to other suggestions: 1. Calin Wultur Carcassi fully carved from 2005 listed locally for $3k - Made in Romania - Some of the newer models that are for sale around the internet get great reviews, but haven't heard much about the earlier ones except for on this super old thread, which sparked an interest in me to keep it on my list! - Has a small crack on the back of the body below the neck according to the seller, but claims it does not affect structural integrity 2. KC Strings Fully Carved from 2006 listed locally, around $3k - Not as much info on this bass, but I haven't found much information at ALL about early 2000s KC Strings basses... what am I missing? The model information that is on the ad does not appear in any search results, and there is no specific model name other than "KC Series 2006 B3C" listed on the inside of the bass. - I did find this bass on Quantum Bass Center, which looks almost identical to the photos that are listed on this ad, and was made in the same year. Is it possible these are the same model of bass? If so, is Quantum's price high or is this local ad too cheap to be true? - No cracks, just normal wear and tear... Also looking around at Shen hybrids/carved basses, as well as used Wan Bernadel basses but these two basses are within my price range and are convenient enough for me to play them. I would appreciate any words of advice or further information on these two basses, and which one would be the better deal if they both compare well with their sound? Thanks!