Guys, This is my first post here, and the forum looks great. I don't think I'll be violating any sort of forum policy by telling the following tale of what happened when I attempted to purchase an old Alembic bass from a dealer via the Internet. I will not mention the dealer's name in this post. To find out who it was, you'll have to e-mail me privately. This bass was described as being near-mint (with only a few very minor dings and nicks). I was told that the owner was more of a "hobbyist" than a "player." I made an offer, the offer was accepted, and the bass was shipped to me. Here's what I found when I opened the box containing the "near-mint" bass: 1) serious hump in the fingerboard (treble side). Talk about buzzes..... 2) where the back of the headstock meets the top-rear of the neck, the lamination had "popped" and was sticking up 3) two fairly nice size cracks on either end of the PIN jack 4) at one point in the bass's life, it appears that someone had stripped the bridge pickup adjustment screws. To replace them, someone did a fairly poor job of inserting a dowel that would hold a new screw. After inserting one of the dowels, they drilled a hole for the screw, and carelessly drilled the hole right through the body of the bass! There was a rather poor attempt to repair this hole evident on the back of the bass. My local luthier told me that the bass would cost at least $700 to repair (to "true" the neck and refret, to repair the popped lamination, to fix the two cracks near the PIN jack, to replace some of the position markers, to refinish the repaired areas, and to pay sales tax). The dealer was very nice when I called to say that I'd be returning the bass, and he told me (without any prompting from me at all) that he would do three things: a) call the seller (the bass was on consignment) and tell him about the problems b) ask the seller to lower the price c) relist the bass with full disclosure of the problems. Well, shortly after I returned the bass to the dealer, the bass reappeared on the dealer's website. There was a lower price listed, but no disclosure of the bass's true condition. So much for item "c" listed above. The bass was relisted for two days, and then it was gone from the website. I'm not sure if some other person bought it, or if it was pulled for repairs. One of the interesting things about this whole deal is that before shipping the bass to me, the dealer made a big point of asking me what sort of set-up they could do for me to help make the bass "fit" with my playing style. I've been playing for almost 33 years now, so I have to wonder if the dealer really figured that I would not notice the bass's problems. Now I know you guys know this, but I'll say it anyway: be VERY careful when purchasing a bass "on line." Oh, one more thing. I'll have to wait up to 30 days for my full refund. That's a long time to have $2500 tied up. Feel free to contact me off-forum if you'd like some more information. Regards, Mike PS I forgot to mention one more thing. Some of you might remember me as an administrator from another bass site. Well, make that a "former" administrator! Apparently, I should not have told the story I just told here (and I never even mentioned the dealer's name in the post in the other forum).