Hello everyone, I'm a newbie in need of some help. I'm looking to purchase my first DB. I've gone to several music stores, played a few, asked some questions and came up with some criterias. First, I definitively don't want an electric, since I'd like to use my DB in the University Ensambles (both classical and jazz). Second, I don't want a laminated piece. I played a pair of Strunals at Sam Ash (one laminated $999, one hybrid $1,999) and could tell that there was a big difference in sound quality----the hybrid had a denser, more direct sound than the plywood model. And third, it seems that (from reading your posts) Ebony-everyting is the way to go. Being willing to spend the extra grand for real wood. I've narrowed it down to four choices. 1)Knilling Bucharest (Fully CARVED!!!) 2)Strunal 5/20 or5/35 (Hybrid) 3)Christopher Hybrid 4)Viena Strungs Munich Bass (Carved) They are all at about the same price range, but i'm stuck on a few issues. First, what's the difference between the 5/20 and the 5/35. Second, does anyone have any feedback the Christopher (here is URL to the distrubtor who sells it http://www.stringbassshop.com/nbpage/MP_New_Basses.html). Third, being fully carved the Bucharest and Munich (great color) seem like obvious choices (for the price). However, a few posts have cited Knillings as being koreans (http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=85029&goto=nextnewest). From what I've read, that's not a good thing. Is the Bucharest model Korean or not. It would be great to have all-wood piece, and the store who sells the bucharest also happens to have one of the few Lutiers in NJ. It would be great to start a relationship by buying a bass from him (he would order it new). Thanks for reading my rants. Any help would surely be appreciated.