Some years back my 92 Elan was stolen and brutally molested. The finish was crudly sanded off and the bass was dyed or oiled black(like I wasn't going to recognize it!). Some of the electronics are also missing. Alembic can bring this bass back(they can do anything!)but it will cost alot. I haven't acted on this because it is disturbing to think about, and quite frankly it is a bass that I don't really "need" in my arsenal right now. It has kind of been the "dirty little secret" that we just don't talk about around here and I can barely stand to look at it. Right now my thoughts are: Alembic's pricing isn't getting any lower. This bass would be more usefull to me as a fretless. This would require a board replacement, which means even more $$, but that would be the time to do it. I realize nobody can make this decision for me. I just wanted to hear some of your thoughts and/or ideas regarding this issue. My feelings regarding this are quite dark so I thought that some of you may give me some clarity and/or a different outlook. This also may be in the wrong forum but I really wanted to hear from those who have hands on experience and and a close-up relationship with instruments. Thanks.