Hey everybody, I was hoping you real bass players could give me some advice. I've been really wanting to get into bass playing for a while now and think I might actually be close to taking the plunge and buying my first equipment. What I want to ask you guys for are suggestions as to good equipment to start with. I don't want to start too cheaply because I want to stick with the same equipment for quite a while without having to upgrade, but, at the same time, I don't want to spend a godawful amount of money on my first bass. I'm thinking about spending maybe $500-$750 on the bass (but could possibly be persuaded to spend more if you think I should). I've been looking at and listening to fretless basses and think I might like to get one; especially because I come from playing Viola and am used to not having frets at all. I want a good all around bass that I will be able to play most styles with (Jazz, blues, stuff like that - almost everything except heavy metal or super hard rock.) 4 and 5 string suggestions are both welcome, and, who knows, maybe even 6, if you think it's feasible for a beginner. Thanks a lot for any help you can give me.