I substitute-teach at a couple of the local high schools. A few weeks back, I subbed for the band director at a nearby high school. In his office, he had a very serviceable Engelhardt DB on which I dinked around during his free periods. Now, I really don't play DB, but I was having a lot of fun, and I was starting to get some decent volume out of the thing by completely discarding all my slab technique and applying lots of force with both hands. Seventh hour, the jazz band came in and the bassist grabbed the DB out of the office. He then proceeded to plug it in to a Gallien-Krueger 2x10 combo and turn up the amp so he could hear himself over a standard horn section in what was a decidedly bass-friendly room, while barely touching the strings. This kid didn't have any sort of calluses on his right hand fingers, and he didn't know how to play arco, yet he told me that the band director wanted him to try out for Juilliard and Berklee(!). Nor did he do any practicing at home on double bass; he didn't have a big enough car to take the bass home, so he only practiced on slab. Do other high school jazz band teachers allow their bassists to get this lazy? Why even bother to have a double bass if it's just going to be a glorified EUB?