I am about to buy a carved bass. I was originally looking for a really good plywood bass (like an old Kay) to upgrade my first student quality bass, but then ran across this carved bass that I really like (and which I can afford). Why would I want a plywood instead of a carved? Because I often go to a music camp in the summer. True, the camp is in the Pacific NW where temperature extremes don't often happen. But what if I start jamming out in the middle of a field and the sun comes out nice and strong? Do I have to worry about uneven heating issues from the sun beating down on just one side of the bass? I really don't want to maintain 2 basses! Will the 40 year old German carved bass be more fragile in these outdoor situations than an old Kay or other plywood bass? The carved bass has two major cracks in the top, but they appear to have been well repaired (lots of dust in the cracks, so the repair is old and seems to be stable). Do I need to keep a plywood bass around to use at camp and possible outdoor gigs?