A few years ago I traded a Palatino EUB that I never used for a 5/8 German laminate with a 38.5" scale length. It sports a sticker saying "Made in Germany US Zone," which puts its birthday in the mid-'40s to early '50s. The joy of acquiring a cool old bass via trade quickly faded when my luthier explained that a partially detached bass bar was the reason the E and A strings sounded dead. He explained that the top would have to come off and quoted ~$600 for the repair.* In my market, it's hard to imagine this bass going for more than $1k. So there's not a huge profit to be made by fixing and flipping the instrument. The bass would likely end up as a back-up to the '70s German 3/4 laminate that's my daily driver. And without the potential for a big upgrade in sound (it's not as if I'd be moving up to a carved instrument) I've never been able to justify the expense of the repair. But seeing the older German gathering dust in corner of the room gnaws at me. Does the TalkBass hive mind have any wisdom/consolation to share? *My luthier's great and I believe this to be a reasonable fee.