As I near college, I am beginning to think about buying a nicer instrument and the New Standard basses are particularly atractive. The Clevland is more what I am looking for than the La Scala considering that I am interested in unamplified jazz. While I do own a bow, the acro sound is not as important as a big blooming pizz. From the descriptions of sound people give, this bass seems to have at least a similar tone to what I am looking for. So... I was wondering if, first of all, anyone in Southeast Michigan (or elsewheres in Michigan) owns either model. and if there is any chance those theoretical people would be cool to meet up some time. Thanks a lot Ben Rolston PS Also any other opinions on these basses as college age instrument would be appreicated (especially if they are above this type).