Thanks to JTL for the luthier recommendation. I called him and he took a look at the bass this afternoon. Great guy. He spent two hours with me and not only diagnosed the patient but also showed me how to do some DIY on the bridge myself to save some money initially. He gave me wood shims to raise the feet and showed me a technique for sanding them to the curve of the top. He even gave me the sandpaper and made me a paper jig to use to cut the top of the bridge down to proper shape. Then he gave me an adjustable bridge he had taken off another bass(he's not a fan and recommends a solid bridge) and said here you can have this to play around with shaping too and see which works best for you. He also told me how to strip the finish off the neck rather than sand it to avoid losing any mass. He gave me a world of info on how the old plys were constructed and common issues requiring repair and how the repairs are done.
So here's the diagnosis.
NO INTERNAL ISSUES!!!!!!!!!
There are several delams in topsheet as you see in pics and several spots where topsheet is seperating from sides that my eye never saw but he found right away. The delams aren't that bad but need to be addressed. The seperations are what's causing the buzz on E and A. Also he thinks the tailpiece is a 4/4 and too large and too far up. The endpin is too small and cheezy and needs to go too. A new fingerboard will be needed eventually as it's too thin to do much shaping on.
So Phase One is going to be taking care of structural and basic playability issues and he's going to take it next week for 5 days to do the following:
1. Fix delams and seperations.
2. Rebuild top edges where worn out.
3. New tailpiece(I'm going to look for an original if possible) and endpin.
4. Reset soundpost
5. (optional) He recommends installing 4 wooden bumpers on laydown side for future protection. I'm not thrilled about this cosmetically but it makes sense.
Phase Two will be a new fingerboard and bridge. I may have to wait a while on this. Meantime I'm going to see what I can do with the two bridges I have to work with. I have guts on the way, Lenzner(had to do it Kung Fu Sherrif! Need a whole set and not much in classifieds and can't afford new chordas!). I plan to begin buying used strings one by one to see what I like and switch them out and keep the Lenzners for backups.
So overall I'm really pleased. No big surprises and it will eventually cost me about what I thought to make this an incredible bass.