I see so many posts where people are asking for opinions or advice on what they should buy. Many times these questions are based soley on budget. The following is a link to an article on choosing a luthier. Although the article focuses on custom built acoustic guitars, the same general principles apply to all types of guitar purchases (including off-the-shelf models). http://www.acousticguitar.com/issues/ag123/feature123.html The bottom line: You should put a lot of thought and research into buying a bass. I hope you find this interesting and helpful. Jim D.