Here's a story sent into Kaybass.com some years ago. Our correspondent registered a first-year Kay Concert that had belonged to his father for 50 years, and mentioned a story from the original owner, a Mr Price, who also lived in Wisconsin: “Back in the ‘30s or ‘40s Mr Price had a gig in Dubuque Iowa, and tied the bass to the top of his car. It rained enroute, and the bass took in quite a lot of water. They drained it out, dried it and played the gig. After that they reported that the tone was much improved. It still has a great sound.” The bass would probably have been less than five years old at that point. I have to wonder whether one approach to breaking in a new plywood bass might be a nice cold bath. Don't try this at home, kids!