Any idea of the make of this DB?
an estimated repair cost?
First of all, I love BSO's.
Secondly, I'm not a pro, just a tinkerer.
What do You want a DB (/BSO) for?
Noodling around, or for serious orchestra playing?
If the former, and You're a DIY sort of a fellow, that there can be a diamond in the rough.
IIRC cheap DB's are as hard to come by in AU as they're over here.
The price can't climb much higher though.
IMO then a brand spanking new CCB would be a better bet.
Or a used one for that matter.
"Take an advantage of someone elses mistake rather than making Your own", like a wise TBer once said.
The latter, pass.
50 years sounds a bit optimistic to get peoples hopes up and their imagination running. IMO way, way younger.
A year or a two in a garage without controlled temperature/humidity will do that kind of a damage to anything made out of plywood.
Re-setting the neck and repairing the heel will be the most difficult tasks.
Doable, but requires quite a bit of research and learning.
Make sure to use hot hide glue so everything is re-repairable ;).
I'd assume that the FB isn't good quality ebony either, so be prepared to learn how to dress the FB as well.
Looks like a cheap eastern European plywood bass from the 70s or 80s. White wood fingerboard painted black. Purfling painted on. Neck break looks repaired but the neck is loose in its neck block. Varnish looks spayed on when sunburst effect was in fashion and has crazed.
Professionally, not worth touching. For an amateur as a hobby, good to learn basic repairs on? Not worth a good fingerboard. Needs a new end pin. Might sound OK amplified with nylon strings for rockabilly or blue grass. Would make a good artist's prop or perhaps spray it silver/gold for a shop dummy?
As-is the price is about right. In good undamaged nick never was/will be worth much. Maybe AU$1200 - 1500 with cover and crap bow. Low end Chinese basses cost a bit more but are are better value here.
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