It appears I've stumbled onto a really great site! It'll take me a while to navigate here.... My 15 year old Philip is an upright bass player. He is in the 10th. grade in high school. He has been playing the bass since the third grade. All of the bases he's used were school basses, beat up, banged up.... I just bought him a new bow. A Meinel? To the tune of 316 dollars. He really likes it. Now for a bass... I've seen Sharmusic basses, Engelhardt, a myriad of new stuff, and nice collection of old pieces. But where I'm leaning is with Peter Chandler....www.peterchandler.net He's in London, Ontario, Canada. We visited his shop, very professional one man operation. Comments? I'm willing to spend up to six grand for a bass for my son. Any help would be very appreciated!