Hello all! I am currently in the market for my first upright bass after being an electric player for a few years. I have been doing some research and have indeed used the search feature several times on my search and have concluded that for my needs and location (England), Thomann is probably the way to go for my purchase. Also, I am looking specifically at the Strunal models, to be more specific. My options, as of right now, are: Thomann 1E http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_kontrabass_1_e_34.htm Thomann 1E TN http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_double_bass_europe_1e_tn_3_4.htm Thomann 2W http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_kontrabass_2_wr_34.htm Thomann 2W TN http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_2w_tn_34_europe_double_bass.htm I've come to a bit of a problem, though, in my lack of knowledge. I'm aware of the differences between laminated and hybrid in general, but not to a great extent. Is a fully laminated more durable than a hybrid, or are they essentially the same in that aspect? I know that the hybrid sounds better... more dynamic and rich in overtones and harmonics, that is, and thus am currently leaning towards the hybrids, but I wasn't positive. Also, for reference, I am living in England right now and will be moving back to Wisconsin in the states in the next few years (not exactly sure when) and the climate there can be anything from -20ºF to 100ºF - those being the extremes, and it gets to be relatively humid there too. Also, as I'm sure is clear, I'm not sure about the tineo wood used in the higher priced instruments. From what I've gathered, its considered to be a more resonant and better tone wood, but how much different is it? Thomann's site only has sound files for the regular spruce-constructed bass (the 2W), so I wasn't able to get a direct comparison. Is it worth the extra £200? As far as what I expect to be playing, I will definitely be playing pizz the majority of the time, but I will probably purchase a bow as well and expect to use it from time to time. Thus, as I have said before, I am leaning towards the hybrid basses, but am not sure if thats exactly what I want. I also don't wish to spend more than I have to, so I'd like to know if the tineo-constructed instrument is worth the investment. Thanks all!