New to forum. My daughter is a bassist (orchestral), and we've reached the point where those school instruments just aren't cutting it anymore. I happened upon a used Meisel Mozart that is physically gorgeous, seems to have a good sound, and she really seems to like. The shop let me take it for the test drive, and that will be an important factor. That said, they're asking $1400 including the bow (German) and bag. Before spending that kind of money, I would love opinions about this class of instrument. I can't seem to find a whole lot of information about this manufacturer. My daughter has played the bass for seven years and is a sophomore in high school. She is pretty sure she wants to go into music. Apparently she's gifted with the instrument (I'll leave it at that). One last thing: we just relocated and I haven't yet found her a decent bass teacher (we are smack dab between D.C. and Richmond, if anyone has recommendations for those, too!), so the only persons I have to ask regarding the instrument are her orchestra directors (both of whom are cellists). I greatly appreciate any input anyone is willing to give. I want my kid to have a good instrument (great will have to wait until we can afford more). We've experienced the bad of Chinese (school instrument)...I don't want to inadvertently wander down that particular path!