First of all, I love BSO's.
Secondly, I'm not a pro, just a tinkerer.
Originally Posted by Andy Mopley
an estimated repair cost?
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.