This is my first (hopefully, of many) post in the DB forum. I started playing DB when I was ten and played in a classical orchestra for six years got really tired of it and picked up bass guitar instead and have played it since (now I'm 22). A couple of days ago I found out a friend of mine is selling a DB he's inherited. I've been over and played it and realised I want to start playing DB again! The thing is he doesn't know anything about the bass, when it's built, who built it or so. The only marking on it is a sign where it says it's been repaired in 1962. The person he inherited it from has played with Stan Getz in stockholm, so I don't think he would by any crap... The bass looks quite old, has a few cracks and so on, but sounds quite good in my untrained ears. What should I check before buying the bass? The cracks don't affect the sound do they? I thought it was really hard to find intonation and press down the strings but i expect i'll become used to that in time or should I lower the action instead? If these questions are commonly asked, please direct me to the apropriate threads.