I've been trying to sort out a DB for a couple of weeks and have basically come down to this: I can afford to spend about £1,000 on a DB. I have played a Stentor (I reckon it was a Stentor II as it's not a Conservatoire) and it was ok. The guy at the shop wants £750 for it, bow, and an upgraded gig bag from the one Stentor supplies. I'd really like to play a Strunal 5/21w as that is the bass pictured here: http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_kontrabass_2_m_34.htm (This was confirmed to me by Strunal themselves). It looks great and I've heard lots of positive comments about Strunals. But after calling around a few shops I was told that the Stentors were good value for the money and that unless I was willing to spend about £2,500-3,000 on an instrument that was as good as it was going to get. I'm hesitant to order from Thomann because I've been advised that DB's don't travel well with shipping companies (let's face it, they could care less if it gets stomped on) and that there was a high chance of it being damaged when it arrived. I can't find anyone between me (Bristol) and London who has any Strunals at all in stock. What's the vibe in the community? There must be some experienced players out there with preferences between the two for the price. Which is it? Stentor or Strunal?