hey guys, i'm new to this forum. i'm 16 and from NewZealand. i've been interested in getting a double bass for some time now. in a week or so i'm planning on getting lessons at school from Alberto santeralli, (i have no idea if you guys have heard of him or not) and as i improve i hope to use it in my church band. but! i am yet to purchase a double bass. it's my birthday soonish, so i figure that's an excuse to get one. I think i'll end up with a student double bass because they are cheaper. maybe in the years to come, if i'm still hard at it, i'll move on to a more expensive one. apart from the fact that double basses are big... i hardly know anything about them. i was wondering what you guys know about student double basses? do any of you have them? what's the differences between a student bass and a regular bass? thanks.