I see the old "sticky" thread about fingerboard replacement. Problem is, that thread is 6 years old. I am considering the purchase of a German "factory built" carved base. The current owner guesses that the bass is 40 to 60 years old. Asking price is $6,500. However, the fingerboard is very thin, probably from repeated planings & dressings over the years. What should a replacement fingerboard cost in the year 2006? I also heard mention that replacing the fingerboard would change the tone of the bass. Is there any predictability to knowing how the sound will change? (Generally more shallow, deeper, more pronounced high end, etc). The old fingerboard is ebony. Needless to say, the new fingerboard will be ebony too. I like the way the bass sounds now, but don't like the thin neck (due to the thin fingerboard - the non-fingerboard portion of the neck measures to within 1/64 of the measure I took on two other basses). Any help appreciated. Thanks.