I got very lucky and someone gave me a bass to learn on..it wasn't in the best shape and now I've made it in worse..but that's ok..a new one is almost due anyway and the resale value (I believe) on that one is like $25...(Global 4 string...sold at JC Penny I believe). Anyway...sorry to ramble..my price range is around $150 and the Essex's seem to fit there perfectly...I've heard they've been getting good reviews but I haven't seen any of these reviews,good or bad. I'm looking at either the BG-150 or....I can't remember the name..I'll post it back here in a minute...Think either of these will be a good choice? Also I'm left handed..the bass that was given to me is right handed...I've learned to play it and it pretty much feels natural..but the BG-150 is available lefty for the same price as the righty...think I should stay right handed or swich to left handed? Thanks.