Heya guys I've been an electric bass (guitar) player for about 11 years. I'm currently attending college as a music business major (aka limbo), because they don't allow auditions on electric. I've been studying double bass for a whopping 1 semester, and using one of the ultra crappy rental basses they offer at my college. My immediate goal is to get my double bass chops up to a level to audition, which I've been busting my butt this term to do, and beyond that I will be playing a lot of double bass throughout my college years. It's quite apparent that I need to buy a bass. I've tried to educate myself about what the options are, and from what I know so far it looks like a Shen is the best bang for the buck option out there. Primarily I will be playing classical, although I would like to be able to use whatever bass I get for jazz as well. I have a few issues I need to figure out: First of all is a Shen really the best choice for what I'm trying to do? I don't know a whole lot as far as "setup" goes, other than that there are different setups for classical and jazz. Is there some kind of acceptable setup for both? The bass prof here has me learning on french bow, so I guess that's what I'm going to get, but what kind is good (and won't cost more than the bass lol)? I didn't see a newbie link for bows, but I may be blind Where should I get the bass from? I would like to be able to play whatever I'm getting before I buy it, although I can't say I trust myself to really know the difference between a good bass and a crappy one, or to know what bass is best for me. I really don't have the experience, other than to know that anything would be better than what I'm using now. I'm guessing ebay is a bad choice, but are there any online dealers that people recommend and that sell Shen? Should I just find a shop? This is totally new to me, as I play a Carvin electric (direct order), and local shops rarely have any electrics I would even consider owning, and when they do they're way overpriced. Maybe this is a dumb question, but are there any online places that offer rent-to-own plans or will directly finance a bass purchase? I haven't really figured out where I'm going to come up with the money to buy this thing yet, but it's looking more and more like a rent-to-own kind of deal would be best for me. And finally, and probably least important immediately, what about pickups? I always hear fishman is good. My electric amp is really nice, an Eden traveler with a 4x10 cab, would this work well with double bass? Or am I better off getting a specific acoustic bass amp? Any help would be appreciated I'm in new territory here lol..