Hi Folks: I have been wanting to get my hands on an acoustic bass for a while. As a lefty, my choices are extremely limited. I can get a Takamine EGB2S in the mid priced range. See here. Takamine G Series EGB2S Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Bass and more Fretted Acoustic Bass at GuitarCenter.com. I am interested mainly for playing acoustically in living room Bible study settings, coffee house jams, late night practice, and gigs were an acoustic vibe is useful, etc. The Takamine looks perfectly fine for my purposes and reasonably priced. My wife, being the trooper she is, encouraged me to not settle settle for a Takamine, but to go for a Martin or Alien purchased with our tax refund. Her logic is that why get mid grade instrument, when you should get the best possible thikn to play on. Again, for lefty acoustic basses, there really is not much in between. My choices are: a Martin bc-16e for $1700 Left Hand Martin BC-16GTE Acoustic Bass, a Martin OOC16-TAE for $1600,Martin 00C-16GTAE Left Handed Bass, now available from Adirondack Guitar. or a used Martin 00C-16GTAE for around $1300. Has anyone played these basses? Could someone tell me what their impressions are? Pro? Cons? Also, could someone educate me on what the differences are between the basses since I probably won't be able to try all of these out in person. The Martin nomenclature is about as clear as mud to me. Thanks for your help.