Forgive me for asking this question, as I am sure it has been asked before. I am currently looking to upgrade my student equipment to something more professional. I have recently been hired to do a well paying jazz gig one to two times a week and I am finding that my plywood bass isn't quite cutting it for this, the way it did for my initial introduction and instruction on the acoustic bass. That being said, it seems that there are many differing opinons on this board concerning the purchase of fully carved instruments. Some praise them, while others recommend plywood or hybrid instruments. I live in Charleston, South Carolina and at the moment I do not believe there is a place where I can go try out and play many basses. I am looking at something in the 3 to 3.5 k range. Any suggestions are more than welcome and are greatly anticipated. I am very excited about moving to a different level of bass, but I want to make a sound decision I will be happy about, and possibly purchase something that will appreciate in value.