Well it looks like I may be getting a double bass soon. I brought up the point with my mom that she bought my brother a $1000 Alto Sax when he was just starting (he quit after a couple more years) and that I had been playing EB for 6 years, and now am playing my school's mediocre (Kay) upright and doing well on it, last night I played at a gig for about 2 hours straight. So here's my question: If I am going to get a double bass, what am I going to need other than the bass? Am I going to need to buy a seperate pickup and pre-amp? (I'm guessing basses don't come with these) I know I'm going to need a bow; if I spent around 1500 on a bass, how much would an equivilent level bow cost? And how much for the bass to be "set-up"? (still not sure what being "set-up" really is) The basses I am looking at are Strunals, recommended to me by my teacher, with whom I had been taking lessons on electric and a few times on the school's upright, and will resume lessons (hopefully on DB) after I am done with the golf team and/or school. My budget will probably be around $2000, my parents probably paying most (birthday is soon) and I will be paying for some and selling one of my electrics to help pay. I will be playing mostly jazz, but want a versitile bass which will also work well for bowing. I have a bow which my teacher gave to me and said was pretty much the lowest of low, although it has good horsehair. I have an amp, a SWR Workingman's 15, will that work fine with a DB? In case you are wondering I live in the Seattle-Everett area and am a high school junior, since people always seem to want to know and it's not in my profile. I've read a lot of the newbie links and still am a bit confused. Thanks in advance.