After months of planning and hours playing every upright acoustic bass I could lay my hands on, I bought the NS Designs CRM5. I came to the conclusion that the laminate basses I could afford under $4,000 didn't reach a sound, acoustically, that I'd enjoy playing. So, I bought the very best electric upright. That's me with the CRM5 case over my shoulder, standing in Bass Northwest in Seattle. A very happy guy.