I have both on hand so the expense is a non issue, well now anyway after the fact... I picked up a carved bass I intended to use in a local orchestra, so bowing was primarily how I intended to use it, BUT I have left that organization and so my needs for the instrument have changed. I have an older bass I'd rather not be using for everything in all seasons that is set up for orchestral playing. This new bass was to be the backup/replacement so the delicate instrument didn't get schlepped around all winter/ summer. I'm primarily looking at amplified pizz gigs now so I'm not sure if I should still go ahead with the Belcanto or use the Spirocores. I want it to still be reasonably responsive to the bow, but also want a livelier pizz with usable sustain for slow pieces.