Hi All, I'm in the midst of the search for a new bass. I've found out about a 130 year old German bass for sale not too far away, for a rather low asking price (~5500USD). It appears that the bass which was once phenomenal, has spent the last 8 years or so in the southern part of Israel (hot and dry), and has apparently suffered. The rather low price tag was estimated by Israel's number 1 bass luthier. I haven't seen or heard the bass yet, the lutheir is closed this week (holidays). The owner told me that there is no degradation in sound quality and quantity. How does humidity (or lack of) affect wood this old? Is there a way to reverse these effects? What happens to wood that has dryed beyond the point of no return? Thanks Noam P.S. This is a celebrity bass - Charley Haden played it on two of his visits to Israel.