At age 47 and having had played bass to one degree or another since age 14, I have decided to get an upright. It will be the second one I've owned - but I have zero chops having had studied --briefly-- w/ the instrument a long long time ago. I never worked on the upright professionally and never put in the time needed to get to that place. My first upright bass was fun, but was unused. A friend's son wanted to learn and couldn't afford one and I lent it to him - permanently. So, now years later and I am with the same excitement I had as a kid - but question whether I should seek a teacher at this point -- or would you think pulling out my Simandel and dusting off the Fake Book be a good way forward?