Okay, I'm ready for this to get nasty, but I was seaching on the web for upright basses (still trying to learn a lot and over things I can't afford) and found a Josef Lazar hybrid made in Romania for $1300. Here's another thing that's going to really get everybody all hot and bothered - They can be had at Giardinelli (Musician's Friend). I'm not going to buy one, but wondered if anyone had any thoughts, feelings, opinions... Stupid question - I know, but I'm asking anyway!! Ladies and Gentlemen, watch your lanes. You may commence firing.