OK so I have decided that my next purchase will be some sort of Double Bass and have been "warned off" electric uprights by every Jazz bass player I know for what seem very logical reason. So here I an contemplating buying a real acoustic Double Bass and have got loads of tips from this part of the board, but am stuck on the one really crucial question, which is how much should I pay for this? I know this is going to take a long time, but I have started with research on websites and phone calls to shops in the UK. I just spoke to a shop in Bristol and also Peter Georgiadis from GalleryStrings in Hastings - the nearest place to me that sells basses. The shop in Bristol has a Romanian bass that they say was used by a Jazz pro and is going for £1,600. Peter tells me that his cheapest bass is a German one made in the 60s, going for £5,500 - but he can buy me a "student" bass and set it up himself, to a very high standard ,so that it would make a good instrument. A lot of the places I'm looking at have instruments advertised at £40,000 or £50,000, which is probably more than my flat is worth!! So there is a staggering range of prices and I don't know what I should be paying as someone looking at semi-pro Jazz for fun? The good thing about electric uprights was that the options were so limited there was only one choice!