Ive been looking for a replacement for my current bass for a couple of years now. What Im looking for is an instrument that is even, punchy, robust, and dark (I realize these term are very subjective). And unfortunately it must be acceptable for both jazz and orchestral use. Ive tried alot of instruments and found no older instruments under $12,000 that I liked. My budget is at most around $9,000 (I dont think I can save more for some time). I would think I could find something in my price range I would like. By suggestion I have been interested in a newer bass. Ive tried a Christopher and Snow and didnt feel they were right for me. I was recommended to try a Kolstein Fendt but from the advise form my inquires on this forum I was advised that it would not make a good jazz bass. This was disappointing as the Fendts seem like a good orchestral bass and Ive always liked flat-back basses. Are there other newer bass that I should try other that the Christopher and Shen? Im currently auditioning a Tyrolean bass. I like that is dark and punchy but lacks some in volume and, like a lot of older basses Ive tried, lacking in both the extreme high and low frequencies. It also has a string length of 42.5. Living in Chicago I feel Ive been through every shop in the area. Im at a loss to know where and what to look at next. All advice would be helpful. I would like to find an instrument relatively soon.