I've always had this thing for uprights. They're great instruments, and I've always wanted to play one. I've wanted to be in a swing band, and also maybe a jazz trio (idealistically speaking), and even maybe the local orchestra. These are major goals for me as a bass player and musician. And about the swing band, I'd execute myself as a heretic if I so much as tried to play swing music on an electric. I've been playing electric bass for about a year and a half, but I'm more of the chordal/harmonics/improv/jazzy guy than the slap-happy player, and it's frustrating when people find out I play bass and the first thing that people ask me is whether I slap or not, whenupon I explain that I do the things above, I'm shunned for the slappy guy. These two major motives have always had me considering getting a double bass, but after I got maybe a 6-string EB for chords and jazz and such. However, on Sunday I attended the first annual Florida Jazz Festival, which (on Sunday, it was also a Saturday show) featured the Bill Anschell trio, the Ken Watters group, the Dirty Dozen Brass Jazz band, and the Dave Holland quintet. I was blown away by the beautiful, rich, upright sound and the talent of the players. So then I began to think about leasing an upright when I get a job (I'm only a punk 17 year old and it's almost summer). The more I think about it, the more I realise I'd enjoy it. And I've talked with someone who plays EB's and a DB, and she said that playing upright makes electric infinitely easier. So, if you wouldn't mind, because I know this happens a lot I'm sure, I'd like to maybe hear your experienced opinions of what a prospective DBer might want to get as a starting bass, things to look for, the right scale for a new guy, and generally anything you feel like I'd need to know. I plan on start looking soon as I can. And if you want to tell me anything for any reason not public, just PM me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for your time and consideration.