I bought a second hand double bass last year for 550GBP after not having played, due to lack of an instrument, for 4 years. I was a bit hasty in the purchase due to enthusiasm and lack of funds. I was told it was a 3/4 laminate, played for 10 years orchestrally. Several problems have arisen: The sheer size and weight of the instrument lead me to believe it may not be laminate, but I don't know how to tell and the action is too high making playing for a while uncomfortable. The lady I bought the bass from was genuine having played to the same standard as myself on this instrument. I'm not sure what to do, how can I find out more about the instrument and what would be the best way to go about lowering the action. I also want to restring, I play orchestrally and jazz to an intermediate standard, and was considering hybrid strings... any recommendations? Sorry for all the questions, any advice would be appreciated. Clara.