Hi guys, I'm 16 and I've been playing BG for about 1.5 years now. I am very interested in starting DB (for both jazz and orchestral music) and I would like to know what I should know before I try it out. After a symphony concert I was at last night (which everyone went to with their gas masks, it was quite funny, LOL), I asked one of the musicians to pass my number on to one of the bass players that would like to teach both jazz and orchestral DB. Is this the right road to start down? Should I look for a teacher somewhere else? My playing is OK for a BG player, I need to put a lot of work into my theory and sight reading, and my technique, "groove", "feel", and "time keeping" are all good. Should I spend a few more months on BG getting my theory and sight reading up to scratch before I start DB? Now for the question that i'm sure has been asked a million times, HOW DO YOU AFFORD THESE THINGS?!?! they start at $1000... geez!!!! Should I rent one to start or is it a waste and I should just buy? Please give me any info/advice you can about the above or just tidbits that you think a "cross-over-ist" should know when they start. Thanks in advance, Ilan P.S.-If the mods feel this should be in another forum, please feel free to move it.