Well after one year of daily reading and shopping non-stop, I have made my decision and concluded my shopping. I now have a new, professionally set up Shen SB200 3/4 Willow. Evah Pirazza Weich strings. R. Geipel French bow. It was a close call between the SB190 and the SB200, but the fully carved bass won out in the end. Also, I wanted the gamba over the violin corners, so that was a factor. Every Shen I tried was a joy to play, especially when set up correctly and compared to the CCB I have been wrestling with for the last year. My son asked me to explain the difference, and the best comparison I could come up with was the difference in taking a long road trip on a riding lawn mower or taking a long road trip in a Lexus. It is really, really such a difference that it verges on being...well...eerie. I have a long, long way to go to catch up with the capability of this bass. The dealer was great. If anybody wants a recommendation for a great dealer/luthier when buying a bass, PM me. Don't want to get the shill arguments going again. I will say this: I drove over 1,200 miles round trip to get this bass. It was worth it. I attach a couple of pictures.