Just got my first fully carved bass but there are some issues with it I'll need to address. A cracked rib on the lower bout that approaches the end block and a crack above and below the E-side f-hole. Luckily the crack in the top is a good inch or more away from the bass bar at its closest. There's also a chunk missing from a shoulder (looks like a gun shot) that'll be cake to repair compared to the other stuff.
I'll likely be doing these repairs myself. I've only done a top-off repair once before and it was over 10 years ago so I'm a little leery to start cracking it open. I'll attempt to repair as much as possible with the top still on but I see a removal in my future either way.
Still really excited. She's very pretty and sounds amazing despite the issues.
Photo gallery: http://imgur.com/a/PIwK4