Well, it's been a while since I've been over here! I've got a great gig at a couple of wineries near me, and they requested that I play the Double Bass rather than my 6 string. I actually started playing bass on the Upright, but have started to play a lot of fusion and chord melodies on the electric. I just recently started playing my Double Bass again. I can't really explain, but the Double Bass seems to speak better to me. I can be more expressive, and it has a more pure natural tone. Well you guys know that! That's why we play them! Anyways, I am looking for a couple of opinions.... I have a great sounding German bass, Berlin made c.1850's which I have had for a little while now. It has a nice sounding E, and excellent sustain. However, I have just found a great sounding Italian bass by maker Renato Scrollavezza(c.1961). It is a fabulous bass! It projects a huge sound, exceptional low end with a lot of sustain. It is a powerful instrument, and sounds wonderful in thumb position. I am equally impressed with the "spread" the instrument has with the bow. It is a great bass in pretty good condition though I would need to put at least $1000 into it to get some minor repairs and a replaced bridge/tailpeice/strings. It is not as mature sounding as my German Bass, and not quite as easy to play. I have a little less than a week to make my decision. All of my money is tied up in the Berlin Bass. I could take a loan. Or hope I can sell the bass quickly! What do you think?!