Hey Folks, I'm a bit giddy. I've been very happy with the Shen SB80 I've been hotrodding and using. But, I've been searching for a budget carved bass with more of a "mature" and dark sound. Found one. It may not be the greatest, but I found a used Eastman VB305, and was able to trade the Shen and only had to kick in a little cash. Came with a Bobelok bag and Dorfler bow. I'll be on the search for an appopriate pick-up for it. I had been using the K&K (like the mic but not the pick-up), and a Realist (not the best for a stiff plywood top). Maybe the Realist would be a good choice now on a fully carved bass. Hopefully the Dominant's I've been using will take to the new bass, or vice-versa. I really don't want to start another string search as I like the DOM's quite a bit. Anyway, pardon the silly post, but I couldn't help myself.