I am going to take a plunge, been doing the electric upright thing for a bit and quite honestly not jamming at the festivals with other acoustic guys is not quite doing it for me. I just want a good sound and solid bass, as for setup I imagine that I can get one done here, but that said........ I've narrowed some choices, and wondering what you guys think. At bassesonline. The fully carved Roma http://www.bassesonline.com/roma.html The hybrid Eberle http://www.bassesonline.com/eberlebass.html and the fully carved eberle with a knot (don't care about appearance, but you think sound would be affected a lot?) http://www.bassesonline.com/eberlecarvedknot.html at Upton http://www.uptonbass.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/21 the shen 80-90- or 100 or the UB laminate or hybrid. Yes I know the UB hybrid is priced a good bit above all others, but if you guys think it is worth that much more than the other guys, I could do with that. Selling a NS CR5m so pretty much all of these would be doable, the UB hybrid I would just kick up a little more. The ONLY bass out of all of these I have tried was the Shen 100, and it actually felt nice to me. Granted, I don't have much of a gauging stick on this stuff.