So heres the deal: I'm a semi-pro player (4-8 nights per month) playing mostly straight-ahead jazz. Right now Im playing an old Englehardt mostly with an Underwood pickup and GK amp. I guess it plays pretty well for a plywood bass, but Id be happier with a carved bass. However, due to lack of funds (wife, kids, mortgage, car payments, bills, etc). I dont see myself sinking any money into an even modestly priced carved instrument. I do, however, possess an old SLAB (1966 Fender Jazz, custom color) that is supposedly worth quite a bit of jing (Ive had armchair appraisers tell me its worth upwards of $5000.) Ive spoken to my friends whove said Id be nuts to sell it, and to be honest, Id feel like a sh*t for getting rid of it. After all, my dad bought it for me when I was 17, and its practically a family heirloom for chrissakes. But the thing really just sits in the corner, as Im playing upright nearly exclusively. If I sell the Fender for what theyre telling me its worth, I could get into a decent carved bass and have enough left over for a cheap-o slab if I should get a call. Do I sell the Fender and buy a carved bass? Do I soup up the Englehardt (ebony fingerboard, new pickup, amp) since I play mostly amplified? Do I just keep playing the Englehardt until I hit the lottery? Do I sell my house and live in an Airstream trailer? They say asking for advice is just looking for confirmation of the answer you already know. So, somebody, please confirm my answer so that I can get on with my life!