Before I state my problem, I would like to thank all of you for your many posts on all things bass on this site. I've only recently become a member, but have been a "lurker" for close to a year. I'm posting this problem not for you to make my choice for me, but to help weigh things out. Here's some quick info on me: I've been playing DB for a year and a half (I played slab for five years), I just recently got accepted to the University of South Florida Jazz Studies Program and music (more specifically jazz) is my life. Here's the problem. USF's top jazz combo, the Jazztet, is going on a tour of Europe this summer. They need a bass player and the head of the jazz department wants me to do it! Even though I don't think I'm quite up to the level of the other players in the Jazztet, I guess they like something I'm doing. He told me we'll be playing the Montreaux, Vienna and Umbria jazz festivals! I said yes. He didn't have the dates yet. Now he tells me it's July 9th to the 21st. Problem!!! My friend from my old town is getting married on July 19th and I'm going to be his best man! Big problem!!! There are a few more interesting details but I'll wait on posting them. Any thoughts, ideas...cloning devices!!