I feel like a real idiot admitting this in a public forum, but I've never really cleaned or polished either of my DB's before. When the pics of my American Standard get posted, you'll all understand why I never bothered in that case, but my carved bass - which I bought almost new to replace it - is getting a bit grubby and I'm not sure what to clean it with. I know, I know....BASS CLEANER and BASS POLISH, right? Okay, fine, I can order some if need be, but what is that stuff really? Is it really that special, or can the same approximate results be obtained with some substance or substances that may be obtained locally, or perhaps even around the house? I asked Sigi Busch the same question last April, and he said he just uses a slightly damp cloth to wipe his bass off with. That was fine then, but now theres some stuff "growing" on the bass that a damp cloth won't faze, and I'm afraid to use anything stronger for fear of hurting the finish. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.