Hello! I'm going to buy my first double bass. I need something soon to start taking lessons. This is the trouble: I've spent all my money to get good electric bass stuff and then my mother has to pay for the DB. In this case I want to spend the least, but I fear that a $500.00 could be the worst choice. What trouble could it have? Is it possible to make these plywood things play and sound good with better hardware and strings? Help! I know electric bass well but the DB is just a stranger for me... Thanx a lot!