I'm looking to upgrade to a better bass. That sounds simple enough (maybe not), but it gets more complicated. The basses I like tend to be in the $6000-9000 range. It'll be a while before I can save up enough for one of those - probably several years. In the meantime, I'm getting a lot more calls to play and my current bass doens't have the sound I like. Its a very bright sounding bass. I prefer a bass that has a darker/deeper tone. So I thought of maybe transitioning out of my current situation as follows... 1. buy a relatively inexpensive (less than $2500) ply bass that I'm more happy with 2. take my time to sell my current bass (appraised between $2500-3500) - it'll probably take between 6 and 24 months (maybe longer) to sell 3. take the proceeds from gigs and selling my current bass to buy my dream bass when I find it. 4. keep the bass in step 1 as a backup/beater bass Here are my questions... - do you think I'll end up wasting my time or money doing this? If so, what's a better solution? - if this all makes sense, here are some options I found . new shen sb80 $1400 (any comments on this? - it's a new model) . new shen sb100 ~$2000 . new englehart es1 (supreme) or es9 (swingmaster) ~$2300 . '60's kay ~$2500 All the above basses are for sale at my local luthier's shop except for the englehart (Bass Violin Shop in Greensboro, NC - all set up and guaranteed by Bob Beerman - www.bassviolinshop.com). Let me know what you think would make the most sense. I know it comes down to what sound I like best, but I don't wanna buy a good sounding money pit or something that will implode in a few years. The idea is to get a decent sounding low maintenance bass that will allow me to save money I make from gigs. I'm currently leaning toward the shen sb80 due to the price/performance. Any comments on that one? It seems to be a brand new model from Shen. - are there any other options/basses that may work? Thanks for the help!!!!