I am located in Auckland, New Zealand and am in the process of buying a double bass for the first time. Hard to fathom I know - but in my country there is only one specialist double bass dealer. Here is the website.. http://www.bassbass.co.nz/ New Basses http://www.bassbass.co.nz/new_bass.htm Used Basses http://www.bassbass.co.nz/used_bass.htm To give you some background info - I am an experienced electric bass player (been playing for around 14 years) and perform and teach on a fulltime basis. I dont have any classical aspirations so will be using the bass predominantly for jazz and blues. I would ideally like to acquire a bass that is up to gigging standard and that I will not need to upgrade/replace in the next few years. In consideration of these factors I have been recommended either the .... 3/4 Solid Wood carved Violin Shape bass Chinese manufacture - approx - $4800NZD (approx $3262USD) or the Christopher 500 Series "Performance" - approx $5500 NZD ( $3737USD) Both these options are really pushing the upper end of my budget. Being relatively new to double bass I would be curious to hear opinions from the wise old heads on this forum as to the merits of these various options or any options/avenues I might consider. Any advice would be much appreciated.