So im going to buy a new bass within the next wek (that is, new to me, or out of the factory brand new and shiny). Right now I'm pretty sure I have it narrowed down to two basses (but that could change). The one I have on trial right now is a pre WWII fully carved german. It sounds great, and is only 4,000. My other option is a brand new, shiny, bussetto, 7/8 with a 3/4 string length christopher. The question that I need input on is this... The german bass has cracks in the body, two major cracks specifically, that are repaired, but not according to proper methods. They are glued solid, and have not had any trouble in the past four years. One of them is also starting to cave/indent, but it is minor, and wouldnt be a problem that I would need to approach before I upgrade to the next level of bass. The problem that I have is that I am planning on transfering to NYU next year, and I would not want to have to worry so much about these cracks opening up in the dry winters that NY has. The christopher is brand new, and still sounds good, but the developed sound of the older german is definitely tempting. Hammond Ashleys. where I am purchasing the bass from, offers a 100% trade in value, so If I choose the german, and get in to NYU next year, I would be able to trade it in for a different bass (one without potential problems). So would you rather get a bass that is dependable, and that you would have for a few years down the road now, or would you get the better sounding bass for 8-12 months and trade in for that dependable bass later. I've been thinking about this for a while, and would like to hear your guy's opinons. Also, im not sure what model the christopher is, but its fully carved, and is around 4,400. If any of you know estimated good deals/prices on different christopher models that are fully carved, i could probably use them to save some dough, depending on the model. Thanks.