I've been playing bass for awhile, but still consider myself a novice. I've also had the use of a plywood Kaye for the past few years but, sadly, have had to return it to its owner. I'm now going through withdrawal and am searching for a "new" upright. I've enjoyed the insight offered by this forum on various issues and hope that someone out there might help keep me grounded in my quest. I have a chance to "audition" a purported Roth bass, and I'm unable to find out anything substantial about this maker. Bass player friends have touted the virtues of carved basses (and I'm leaning in that direction) and this bass is admittedly a laminated bass. How do I properly tell a carved bass from a well-made laminated bass? Am I asking for too much tlc trouble with a carved bass? How much sound quality will I sacrifice with a laminated bass v a carved bass? The bass with which I'm interested is at http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/doublebass/ . Any feedback is GREATLY appreciated.