Let me introduce myself first since this is my first post in DB forum. I am a Korean jazz bass player looking for a new DB. I've spent 5 years in US and happily returned home with another degree and professional experience(10 months w/Maynard Ferguson). I've spent a lot of time searching and reading posts before writing this so please don't yell at me. To make a long story short, my cheapo unknown Romanian bass couldn't handle the new climate. I decided to get a new bass with more solid construction. I want to keep the cost under $6,000 but am willing to pay upto $8,000 if I really like the bass. Until now I didn't have much luck finding a right one, even though there are many super expensive basses here(remember all those Asians playing classical music). After reading all the raves about New Standards, Shens, Wan-Bernadels and more, I am even considering visiting US to shop one(only if I can find decent one locally). Airfare+shipping+import tax will be considerable amount of money though(at least $2,000 total I guess ). I am not sure those basses are worth that much. Also, in this case, I need to fly in to a location and spend a day or two trying as many "budget" basses possible. Where would be the best place? Steve Korsica(spell??)'s place looks attractive. Give me some idea. Or should I just order one without seeing in person to save airfare? If so, which one? Gosh, you guys are so lucky. Just order one and return it if you don't like it?