This journey reminds me that old instruments go through different phases of the their lives, just as people do. Great description of the timeline! Sounds like you were visiting some good shops in the 80s! Even back then I don't remember seeing old bodies and old necks being sold on their own. My favorite basses have been the ones that came into my life because of some twist or turn of fate. Your story describes twists and turns over 7 decades! Love it!!