I have just begun playing the bass and am renting a Torelli Sonata. We chose the Torelli because at the store, they had an entry-level Englehardt and a Torelli and the Torelli just sounded better - deeper, bigger sound. At any rate, I really like the instrument, but know that I should begin looking at purchasing a bass - the rental rate is steep and not cost-effective at all. The problem is that the Torelli is priced at about $2800. Given that I cannot find any information anywhere on the company or their instruments, I am wondering whether anyone in this forum knows about them and whether they are actually worth the $$$? I know I can get Englehardts (above the entry-level) and others cheaper - so is the Torelli worth the price? Right now I don't even know what woods the instrument is made out of! Thanks!