My son started playing viola then switching to upright bass this year in his 4th grade orchestra. Smart kid, knows where it's at. I had bought him an Ibanez Mikro bass a couple of years ago, but it doesn't really speak to him. He really likes my fretless Carvin LB75, but the long scale is too big for him. I came across this Douglas Violin fretless in the TB classifieds and got a great deal from a great seller! He loves his new bass. Plenty of vintage thump and fretless vibe and style, which he really seems to like at the ripe old age of only 9 years old! Between this and his 1/4 size upright, he is having a blast learning how to play. I hope they will eventually let him use this Violin bass in school one day. I think it would be really cool.