Here's a bit of background: I played electric bass some back in high school, but have been a guitar player most of my life. I am real busy playing in a funk/dance/wedding band. Recently I have picked up a few gigs playing bass instead of guitar. I Fould that I enjoy playing bass as much as playing guitar. I have always loved bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and am getting in to jazz more and more. I love the sound of the upright and would love to learn it. Is this a crazy idea? I am just now getting back in to electric bass. Should I just play that for a while and see if I stay interested. Also, if I decide to try the double bass, can I really not teach myself? I have always been mostly self taught. WIth work, family, and gigs, I don't know if I could fit a teacher. Also, money is tight. I'd probably have to sell one of my strats to raise the money to get a DB. Can you get a decent gig-worthy double bass for around $1000? THANKS!