Sorry to come in with this out of the blue, I love the bass (upright) and I need some advice. I started bass in 6th grade, and played through 7th. I loved it, but when I moved to California there wasn't an orchestra anymore and my parents didn't think it was smart to invest in another one without an orchestra to play in. I've dabbled a bit with bass guitar and various other instruments since then, but I've been longing for what I consider a "real" bass ever since. I'm 28 now, back in college studying engineering, and I have the chance to join a bluegrass ensemble class that's friendly to beginners, and I've found a local place that'll rent to own me an upright for about 50$/m. It'll fit my tight student budget, but affording a private bass instructor on top of that is beyond me. What I'm thinking of doing is reteaching myself based on my memory of technique and my old books (which I had saved), and filling in the gaps with the internet and YouTube videos. Then there's the ensemble class for actual feedback, and I may be able to mooch tips off the school bass instructors if I can squeeze some of their time out in between actual music students. I'd really like to pick bass back up. What do you guys think? Should I go for it? I've been occasionally lurking the forum here a while, I'd value your feedback.