Our local violin shop has a Shen 7/8 willow model in stock. I guess its new model for Shen. Has anybody else run into one who could provide opinions about this model? I'm kind of interested in opinions about willow. Everything I've read in the archives seems to point to willow as dark and potentially wolfie and more suitable for orchestral applications. I'd be more interested in jazz and blues and wonder about its suitablility for playing jazz pizz. Also, as a DB newbie...how would I check for and identify wolf tones. So much of my normal playing sound so bad that anything that doesn't sound right I automatically attribute to my technique. My teacher has played the bass and it booms when he bows it. Any advice?