I am looking for a new bass and am looking to not spend more than $4K out of pocket. I have been told that my current bass could be valued around $3K with trade. I have looked at a few Shen basses, in particular the Willow for about $3500 and a Shen Rogeri 800 model for $7500, both new. I have also looked at a few Snow basses;the 500 and 600 models,both new for about $7k. I like all of these basses and have heard great things about Shens. However, I'm a little weary about the Snow because I haven't heard too much about them. Do they have a tendency to warp over time or have any other problems that I should be aware of? I know that Chinese basses have a certain stigma attached to them. Are these reasonable prices for these instruments? Does anyone have any recommendations for a nice carved bass in the price range of $3k to $7k? Does anyone know of a solid person/place in Massachusetts that sells basses? Thanks.