After 2 years of looking and researching I have finally decided that nobody wants me to have a Double Bass and I am going to buy an EUB instead! Maybe this says more about me and my lack of tenacity; but I just cannot understand why it is so different from buying electric instruments over here? So if I want an electric bass, I can go to several nice shops, with huge stocks of basses at all prices and levels of quality. Have a good day choosing and getting the thing set up to my preference, buy it on "interest-free credit" and take it away with me. It's so easy and enjoyable! But buying a DB in England has been nothing short of frustration! None in stock anywhere, staff who aren't interested, no credit arrangements or "customer service" of any description! Either very cheap beginner's basses or hugely expensive orchestral instruments and nothing in between! It's too hard I admit defeat!