Hey TB, I've read TB for years but this is my first post. Here's the deal: I play DB in a rock n roll band. I'm playing on a King Slap King that I bought new out of high school 7 years ago for $1500. I had the neck repaired once after a bad crash but it proved to be a durable instrument until I noticed a small crack near the endpin. It's now a big crack and besides my tone being shot, I'm nervous about something catastrophic happening. My band plays semi-frequently and we do a lot of traveling so damage is bound to continue ad worsen. So the question is do I buy a new bass or have this one repaired? Buying new: budget is around $1k give or take a few hundred. This means I can get another laminate that will put me in the same position in a few years but I'll have time to save up big bucks for a real monster. I'd buy another King if they were still around. Anything in my price range comparable to King? It would be nice to have another bass whether broken and cheap or not. Plus it's always nice to bring home a new instrument. Repairing: there are only two known luthiers in my area. The guy that fixed my neck does great work for next to nothing but has several contracts with high school orchestras. He works alone out of his home and is a nice guy but he's hard to contact. Due to his contractual obligations, he'll end up having my bass for months. The other luthier I've never worked with but I hear from other string players that they are a bit pricey and end up charging for extra unwanted services but do absolutely superb work. I haven't talked to any luthiers to find pricing and availability because I wanted to get some input before starting that venture again. Maybe i've just beaten my bass to the ground and its time to buy new. I'm leaning towards repair but I really like new stuff. Basically I'm stuck between a rock and a broken bass... Any advice?