So I'm looking to get back into upright bass. I played for 4 years in my school's jazz band. Unfortunately I'm now in college and I no longer have access to my school's upright bass. So this is where TB comes in! Help me find a bass. Fo' serious, my fingers are going to kill me in my sleep if I don't. I'm not going to lie, I know nothing about uprights. I do know my school's upright was 4/4 and that it had the same set of strings on it for all four years of highschool and probably longer than that (most likely they'll still be on there until they break) I don't know how long one is supposed to keep bass strings on an upright. (I've had the flats on my Fender P for years with no worries) So now I'm looking into a new upright. I won't have the cash upfront, but I'll be working in a warehouse soon so I'll start saving to buy. Price range I'm looking for is 1500-2000 USD though possibly more. I've seen the basses at Upton and I like their 1700$ model. Though it doesn't come with strings or a case, or purfling. I'm not sure what purfling is, aside from the stripe going down the back. Is it an important issue for an acoustic bass, or is it purely cosmetic? I also need strings, and looking at the prices online, I can see why my school never bought new ones. The strings on the school bass were very low tension and I believe they had yellow cloth on the ends. Can you folks start recommending me some strings as well? This will mostly be for home use as well as low-level/acoustic jams. I play a lot of jazz, blues, and Motown type of stuff. I only play pizziocato as I was always a hack at arco.