Hi guys, I'm researching buying my first bass (moving from EUB) I want a quality instrument that I can grow into... max like $3000. I've played some of the entry level basses (mostly stentor) and I've hated them because the action is often stupid high! How can you tell if the bass is worth buying and taking to a luthier to be setup... not fully knowing if the sound will be good after? It's something that has been pushing me to online shopping(which I'd like to avoid), but online I can buy an Upton entry level bass (or a shen setup by Upton) and I will know the setup is quality... it might not be my ideal bass, having not been able to play it prior, but I will know it is having much of its potential expressed... how can I tell the same from some barely playable factory student bass in the average local shop? Apologies if this is in the wrong sub forum... I couldn't fine the noob forum on my app so I went here Also, I do live close-ish to some quality string stores in Toronto... will they setup the basses better than a place like Long and McQuades or will they leave them at factory setting? Cheers guys... thanks for baring through my long winded question!