What basses do people play? Strings (Spirochore vs. Obligato)? Bows? Pickups? Amplification?
From what I can see on the net, a good, new, entry-level upright bass clocks in around $1500. A decent bow (mandatory for csardas!), $50. Plus pickup system for another $300. So for under $2000, you could get a good setup, minus any amp. Is that the standard drill?
What are the best low-end solutions for guitarists who just want to moonlight? Renting one is a dead end in my town: no one will do it, citing cost concerns. My local university won't rent me one, either. So I'm giving some thought to buying a fretless neck for my cheapie Yamaha electric bass.