Soon Ill need to think about a bending iron. Correction Im already thinking about it, soon Ill need one. I dont seem to find commercially made bass-size electric irons with generic curves, and i probably wouldn't want to shell out huge $$ anyway. Chandlers book (and others) suggest a simple piece of steel pipe heated with a gas flame I tried that but not very satisfactory, because the heat seems too localised. The local luthier (makes violins, cellos, doubles basses and lots of other instruments) I spoke to the other day said that the ONLY way to go is to cast one built for the C-bout of the model in mind - at a foundry. He uses a wide tin strap attached to the bottom of the iron, (pictured below) heats the metal up to just right and pulls the soaked ribs around the iron using the strap. Works great, but i'm wondering if making up my own bespoke iron is a lot of work for my first bass. But maybe it would be worth it? Any suggestions or advice for me?