So after reading through the newbie section and several related posts it would seem that some of the information is several years old so not sure how accurate it is. My Daughter has played the Violin for several years and her School Orchestra does not have a full time Bass, one of the instructor's play one from time to time, so she has decided to play both. The Teacher is supportive in this and he even goes against his policy and lets her take home a School bass on the weekends. She has been doing this now for a couple weeks and is really enjoying it. We went and looked at some Shen's from the only store we have here locally in Utah. She was really excited and tried out the SB180 and SB200. She fell in love with the SB200. I knew that buying a new instrument was not going to be cheap, I did some research before we went. But when they quoted me $5995, that I wasn't really prepared for. I had told them that money really wasn't a consideration, but since we are talking about the price of a car I had to rethink that opinion. So after getting home I looked up prices online for a Shen SB200 and was shocked to see them going for $3100 - 3600, almost HALF of what I was quoted. Granted the one locally comes with some accessories, I know they aren't $3000 worth of accessories. SO I guess my question is, what is a good price to pay for a Shen SB200? We live in a dry climate so I would really like to purchase one that has been in the area for awhile. Even though I'm not excluding buying one online, I know there may be some additional costs because it has to be seasoned for our area. I called a local luthier and he did say that this company does mark up the price, but almost 100% is ridiculous. So I guess what I'm asking is the following: 1 - what is a good price to pay for a Shen SB200? 2 - should I look to buy one new or used? 3 - should I look for one that has been in the area for awhile or is buying online a good option? Thank you in advance for any assistance.