Just a few pointers though from my rather limited experience though since there's once again a bit of lack of participation (threads like Yours are very common, like once-twice a week
Identifying an instrument by just looking at pics is possible, but that obviously still doesn't tell a squat about the shape it's in.
Would it be possible for You to take someone knowledgeable along when searching your bass? That would ease things considerably in the long run.
I'm a DIYholic BSO (Bass Shaped Object) kinda fellow so the shape they're in doesn't bother me at the slightest as long as the price is right
Your post doesn't obviously reveal your level of expertise in working on DBs, so I make the possibly incorrect assumption that you have to outsource any and all luthiery related issues?
If that's the case, a perfectly fine sounding and looking instrument to You
, may well end up to be a sinkhole for Your hard-earned.
That said, have You gone through these threads? http://www.talkbass.com/wiki/index.p..._a_Double_Bass
That has become the standard reply for buyers of their first DBs, and for a very good reason, those threads are a wealth of information. Not to mention real money-savers if You read 'em right
Good luck, and welcome to the wonderful world of DB.