Hello all, I went to check out a couple of basses today at the house of a man who makes violins primarily,but who has also built some basses.I tried a couple of his basses but he also had for sale a 200 year old German 3/4 flat backed bass with gamba corners which had a few old repairs.It had unfortunately been refinished with what looked like to be a spirit type varnish but also I noted that on the E side F hole the belly was somewhat sunken in so that the outer lower edge of the F hole looked prominently higher the other side of the table,the other side didn't have this,could this be a problem?(or a problem waiting to happen?) The bass had 3 repair labels two from the 1800s and one from 1961 all from Danish violin builders(I'm based in Denmark).The sides had the usual cracks but the repairs consisted of 16th of an inch thin,inch wide strips,of either spruce or pine wood glued on to the sides all the way round in an alternating series of gaps and strips,it looked extreme I expected to see diamond shaped cleat repairs as used on acoustic guitars.Is this a standard way to repair basses? There was also a visible join from the heel end of the neck that stretched to about the A flat on the E string it looked as if the neck was made that way if it was a repair it was very old and very well matched,were(are?)some basses made in this fashion?Inside there were a few very conspicuous dried glue runs of a slightly whitishly opaque colour does this sound like it is the correct type of glue for bass repairs? I liked the sound and feel of the bass and although there were some cracks on the soundboard round the F holes and on the lower bout they were cleanly repaired and seemed to be very sound I checked with an inspection mirror through the F holes but it was difficult to get a really good view,what little I did see looked perfectly ok.If any one could answer any of these questions and give me an idea of what to expect from such an instrument I would be very grateful.