Anyone have any good leads for me? I'm currently playing my brother-in-law's bass, and will eventually need to get my own. Sadly (sort of) his is a good-sounding carved bass so I may end up with a lesser instrument after a big expense! Any good San Diego upright shops -- or should I just give up and head to LA? As for budget, since I don't *need* it today, I think the prudent thing to do is to take my time, save up, and get something good ($3-5k range?) As for music, I want to be Ray Brown. Or Charlie Haden -- that would be okay, too. Jazz/Funk/Blues/Latin. I'm also looking for a teacher to help me reach those heights. Preferably a more senior player, who's been through what I'm undertaking and can help me out. I've had a few teachers now, and they've mostly been guys my age (I'm 28) who played great but didn't have a good method for me to latch onto. I want a bass mentor -- I'm not just a tire kicker; I'm willing to make a committment to improvement.