I have recently found a 12 string dean bass that is runing for $500 u.s. used. I played it and just fell in love with the sound, and I am intrested in buying it. What does everybody think about deans in general? I loved the sound, but just want to know about the reliability, ect. Everything seemed in good conditon on it, and there were no scratches on it. Also, how hard is it to find strings for a 12 string? just wondering. Thanks, Scott.