I have a 12 year old who wants to learn upright bass. I'm really hoping to find him a used student model. It doesn't have to be pretty, or good. He's 12, and never played before. As long as the strings don't buzz toooo bad, it'll prolly be okay just to get him started right? I played a $40 uke for over a year and survived to buy a decent instrument. Can anyone suggest where student model upright bass go to die? I'm thinking that probably, somewhere there are some unused student orchestra models somewhere, just holding up a wall... If he shows any aptitude, I'll mortgage the house when he hits high school, but renting for a year is a lot, and then lessons on top of it...argh. I really want to start him on upright. It's what resonates with him, and it'll totally make him a chick magnet, right? Win/win? I'm thinking he'll get picked up by a Google heiress or something. (It's my best plan for him unless his grades go way up...) Thanks for any advice.