I recently found this forum and must comment that every post and reply was courteous and intelligent. It was a pleasure to look through. I hope I can be of help to someone down the line as well. I realize that this subject has been beaten to death...and I apologize, however; I desperately need to upgrade my orchestra bass and have begun the search. Reading online, I've found a few things to check out, but am trying to avoid wasting time. What are your thoughts (I haven't played any of these yet) on the following basses? 1. Kolstein (in general) 2. Gagnon (Amati copy) by Eldie Urbano in the Philippines. Sounds suspect, but I truly don't know. 3. Grunert (new) 4. Jacquet (1860) 5. Any other easily found basses you love? + or - $15,000 Thanks in advance for your time in responding. As an afterthought, any experience with the new carbon-fiber bows? Especially from Glasser...better quality from other companies? Thanks again.