I've been playing EB for a few years and I'm in my college jazz band, right now, but quite frankly, I can't take not owning an upright any more. I'd love to do orchestral stuff in the future (i once played violin if it means anything). I've more or less managed to narrow down my choices between Upton's medio fino models (which I would buy from their website) and Shen's SB100 (which I would buy from Nick Lloyd's website). I'm just hearing nothing but good things about both, which makes deciding even harder. I can't seem to find any of these in NYC, but I'm actually very comfortable with a semi-blind purchase. I can pretty much only afford 2 g's, including a gig bag and maybe a wheel to get me to school. I've gone through the newbie links, but nothing satisfies. I was hoping some of you fine folks who've experience either or both could help? What's the better bass? Whats the better deal? Know a place in NYC where i can find either? Anything, please...don't let me die.