I want a 3/4 upright bass and have looked at a few new for around $ 750.00. They seem decent and even with ebony fingerboards. Any educated opinions as to the best (tolerable?) uprights out there under $ 1,000 and preferable around $ 750.00? I understand I will only get laminates for that amount of money. I just dont want to say Oh what a piece of %&$##! every time I pick it up. Ok, I may sound snobby here but just a regular musician and actually have (and play) a mandolin and guitar with laminates and they aint too bad. What basses have I looked at? -Merano (with ebony fingerboard, don't know the model but is not the cheapest and is around $ 750.00) -Cremona SB-3 I looked at a few more but cannot remember their names and these two stood out as good values. Also, if it helps your comments: While I have been playing electric bass for just two years I am considered an intermediate to advanced player and my familiarity with strings and playing the six string guitar spans 40 years and mandolin for 4 years. I will be playing mostly Bluegrass and Jazz. Thank you in advanced for your comments and direction.