All right...I've got a few questions for anyone who might be able to help me out. I'm trying to decide whether to get a French bow (I currently play German) in order to learn how to switch-hit, so to speak, or to upgrade my current bow, which is a pretty cheap fiberglass one that came with my bass. What are the benefits of upgrading a bow? Is it a sound thing, or more a matter of playing comfort, etc.? Where can a guy with limited financial resources and no transportation start in Northern Indiana? Any help would be greatly appreciated.