Delurking time. First, let me say this forum has been a terrific resource for me over the past few months. I hope one day to be able to contribute and help others as I have been helped. As readers of my profile will note, I'm currently playing an Azola EUB I bought in August. It was an inexpensive (and given the car I own) practical way to get back into music after an eight-year hiatus. (Before I sold it in 1993, I played occasional gigs on [pause; deep breath] a low-end Engelhardt I bought new along about 1979.) Yes, I've now decided to get a *real* bass (though I don't regret the Azola one bit) and after the holidays are past, a teacher. (I'm a self-taught jazz player; I was able to pick up a modicum of theory from my piano-playing father.) I'm ready to learn arco and see how many of the bad habits I've developed I can break. To get to the topic, I'm considering trips to look at a couple of basses, and one of them is a Klier at Hammond-Ashley. (For a city of its size, it's surprising that Denver has no bass shops; the nearest shop of any size is probably Robertson's in Albuquerque.) At $6490, it's at the tippy-top of my price range. I'd also look at the Wilfer at H-A ($5990) and the top-of-the-line Liandro DiVacenza bass at Kolstein's, and many of the 100 year old German flatbacks that seem to be everywhere are in my price range. Is anyone familiar with the Klier basses? Basically, I can afford to visit either H-A or Kolstein, and I'm trying to decide which has the largest number of possibilities in my price range. I also plan to visit Kansas City Strings, and look at one of their shop-finished basses. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!