Hello again. I apologize in advance for saturating the forum with the continuing saga of "As the Bass Turns", but since my bass crashed last week and the jury is still out on whether it can be fixed, I've been doing some window shopping this weekend..... I played about 20 basses last Friday in Cincy, ranging in price from $1,600 to $20,000, and of that number, only two were speaking to me at all. Both were German carved basses; One was $11,000, and the other was $3,200. Interestingly enough, the one that was talking to me the most (even with thuddy orchestra strings) was the cheaper one. I liked it a lot, in fact. All I know about it is that it's a new German carved bass, imported this summer, with all ebony trim. It had a small crack in the rib, which had been repaired by the manufacturer and looked fine structurally. The shop said retail was $6,000, but they brought it down because of the repair and the fact that it had been there awhile. While that's more than I wanted to spend, I think I could borrow some bread without mortgaging the house, so I'm curious to try it - they'll let me take it on approval for 7 days, and I think I'll go for that. Is there any information I should try to find out about the bass, like the name of the maker, or factory, or whatever? (seems logical, but... ) I figured I'd show it to a few people, but besides a couple of orchestra guys I know, I'm not sure who to even show it to? Should I have it appraised? What should I check out about the thing to be safe once I have it in my hot little hands, so I can arm myself with some information before I fall in love with the d**** thing? Any advice you may have, no matter how trivial, would be greatly appreciated.