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Anyone play Acoustic Bass?

I got my acoustic bass after i decided that i really liked the sound of them. I want to know if anyone else plays an acoustic bass. If anyone does, what's the model and is it your first one? This acoustic is a Breedlove and this is my one and only acoustic bass.
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I wish I've never played one but want to
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