Hi all. I've been looking through the Double Bass forum here at Talkbass for about a month, becuase the idea of picking up a Double Bass has been kicking around in my head more and more. I began by looking at EUB's, but finally realized, "Hey, I'm just going to be trying to replicate the sound of an acoustic... Why not get an acoustic URB?" I've read through the "NEWBIE" links, searched through The Good Mr. Bob Gollihur's site (great site), and done a fair bit of web-searching for information. Here's the main question: This will be my first URB. Should I purchase a "cheap" URB to begin with? -or- Should I take that one step up? Further information: This desire for an URB has spawned from compositions that I've created that seem to yearn for that sound. Therefore, whatever bass I get, I will probably end up recording and gigging with at some point and time. I've got to get a 5-string. Low 'B' is my best friend and we will never part ways. Cost issues: I can justify a few grand for a Bass. The $10,000 models are not happening at this point and time. The Gollihur Bulgarians have caught my eye. I was also looking at the Azola Acoustic Mini Baby Bass for a little while. More background: As a kid, my mother bought a piano for me to learn with, the infamous Baldwin Spinnet. While it served well for its time, when it began to die, it died hard. The action went out the window, the response was weak, etc.. etc... etc... This is what has spawned this question. So, as you can tell, I'm leaning towards the step up, but if anyone can tell me some good reasons why not... any advice is greatly appreciated. Other dribblings: Fully-Carved vs. Hybrid? I don't know yet. Amplification? I'll deal with that later. Clarus seems to fit the bill, but that's a second step. Transportation? I drive a pickup. Once again: Thanks for any help, advice, opinions, etc... I'll be checking this often. Also, any other manufacturer or retail recommendations would be greatly appreciated.