I'm looking to replace my Cremona before it caves in (the bass bar is going...) I'm new to upright (4 years) and I've been reading this forum trying to learn as much as possible before my next bass purchase, and have tried a number of basses over the past couple months. I mostly play pizz, but want to learn to do more Arco. (and don't worry, I have a couple teachers lined up to help.) I really like the sound and look of the hybrid Shen SB180, but keep feeling like a plywood (Eastman, Christopher, or even a Shen SB80) would be more durable for hauling to shows. I have a few gigs a month at clubs, and then a week or two on the road each year. Bass gets piled into a van, stuff gets stacked and pushed. I'm in Minnesota so Bass gets cold, bass gets warm....I try to take care, but a little wear and tear seems unavoidable. I'm mostly worried about cracks. Will the hybrid be durable enough for touring, or should I stick with the ply and save the cash? Or should I just go all out and get a nice ply like the New Standard Cleveland, and make that my bass for life? I'm hoping to make up my mind soon. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!