The bass is one of the truly classical instruments. Not only has the double bass been an irreplaceable part of orchestras for centuries, it's still one of the most widely-used instruments today. Nothing does those low-frequency thrumming melodies better, and you can find all kinds of varieties of bass to give you plenty of playing and style options. An electric upright bass is an especially distinctive one of those varieties.
What stands out most about an electric bass when compared to an acoustic upright bass is that there's so much less of it. Without the need for a big resonating chamber, these instruments are far more compact. That makes them perfect for travelling, when you need a bass that you can pack up and take along without going over your baggage limits all on its own.
Another great quality of an electric upright bass is versatility. You can, for example, play these through a set of headphones. That makes it easy to practice anywhere, even at places and times when silence is expected. Since these instruments are electric, they also give you the opportunity to connect effects units. With those, you can customize your bass sound in ways that would be completely out of reach for a traditional acoustic bass.
In this selection, there's an electric upright bass for any level of experience. If you're just starting out, take a look at some beginner-friendly instruments like the Dean Pace Bass 4-String Electric Upright or the Palatino VE-550 Electric Upright Bass. For advanced skill levels or professional orchestra use, consider options such as the Yamaha Silent Electric Upright Bass or the NS Design CR Series. And if you're interested in a unique instrument regardless of skill level, Takamine's TB10 Legacy Series Acoustic-Electric Upright Bass may be the one for you: it's a fusion of bass guitar and upright bass that has a sound all its own.
Whichever style of electric upright bass is right for your tastes, you should be able to find it here. There are plenty to choose from, so you've got every reason to add one to your collection and see how your own musical career can benefit from the possibilities offered by an electric bass.