OK. I'm taking the plunge! I've got that sickening "whoops! here we go! feeling" like when the car is just about to start sliding on ice. I started playing electric bass around 1980. I bought a 50's Czech laminated bass about 10 years ago for $600 at a flea market in the parking lot of the international boxing hall of fame and I suddenly knew what Thor felt like when he got his hammer. I've never looked back to the electric. I've been very actively playing, mostly bluegrass--but also some blues and swing. This bass has really kept me very happy. It's the upright I learned on and it's all that I know. I've tried a couple different types of strings but kept the set up essentially the same as when I got it. I should mention that I'm self taught and can't read a note, but I'm enjoying a good deal of success on the bass. About a year ago I married a genuine paper trained concert pianist. She has friends with costly fancy instruments. They all really encouraged me to get a better instrument. She and her classical friends all told me that a better instrument would inspire me even more than my current bass, and that I wouldn't have to work so hard on tone so I'd be more free to concentrate on everything else. Now, I played laminated guitars for years and then got an old D18. I picked it up in a store one day, hit a "g" chord and something deep inside me said "aaaahhhh". That's what I call "aaaahhh" value. Then I took up mandolin and had a similar experience. But I've kept my laminated bass without any thought of going solid. After all, basses take up a lot of room, and they can be kind of pricey. And let's face it, I hear those solid instruments can be fussy and delicate. I live in a cold climate with a long heating season and I travel extensively by car with my bass to multi day camp-out outdoor events. I guess I've been kind of resistant. But I recently had the opportunity to purchase an 1850's German 3/4 bass for a very reasonable price. It was purchased with this summer's gig money. That was a very helpful rationalization. I've taken it to a luthier for restoration. That will likely soak up all my gig money for the next couple of years. Now I'm reading up on stings, set up, restoration etc. So now I'm posting this note to you all. I turn to the talk bass community for moral support and advice. I'm excited about this next big step. I'm eager, but I'm anxious. Any stories out there about bold new horizons opening up to bassists who have taken the plunge? No horror stories please, unless they have happy endings. Thanks!