I'm about 24 hours away from ordering a Silver Creek or Josef Lazar thinbody upright, and would like some other thoughts and opinions. Here's my quick story first: I have a really great opportunity to do a lot of touring if I can simply transer about 2 dozen songs I'm currently playing on an acoustic bass guitar to a double bass. I borrowed a DB a while back, but i've come to the conclusion that it needs a lot of work, strings, a microphone, case... basically it's going to take a substantial investment on my part, and the guy who lent it to me may call any day and ask for it back. Anyhow, aside from the above, the action is nasty on the bass i have here, and i'm totally unmotivated because i have less than zero desire to start carrying this thing (the DB) around with me to gigs. The woman I'm playing with is leaning heavily on me to do so however, and i'm getting the feeling if I dont' cave in soon - someone else may be jumping in on a great opportunity. Today I page through my MF catalogue and see the very affordable Silver Creek. I do a search and learn about the identical yet cheaper J Lazar. I'm obsessed, ready to make an impulsive purchase that's going to knock the Bongo bass I've been saving for out of my reality.... I heard they don't sound that great - but all I really have to compare it to is an electric bass. I'm not going to be all that picky about whther or not they sound like a $7,000 upright. I'll also only be using it amped. Will it be a lot easier to transport? Are they worth the money? Are they well built? Do they make cases for these things? I haven't found one yet in a search. Blah, blah, blah.... Please give me any and all input ya can. Thanks.