Okay, I've been researching all the beginner uprights and have decided that the Engelhardt EM1 seems to be a decent choice. Just a bit over my budget, though. I did come across a new Strunal A501 (this is the model # on the site I found) for $850. It's a laminated bass and the cheapest of the Strunal's. I haven't seen any comments on this bass and was wondering how it compared to the EM1. Any info would be GREATLY appreciated as I know very little about uprights. Also, is it difficult to find USED EM1's anywhere? Gracias.