Oh, fellow brothers (and sisters), I really, really need some guidance here... I have a small "slush fund" I keep for toys - it stands at $250 right now. I've been saving for a cab, probably a Bag End S15-D. I made a big mistake today, and stopped at a new pawnshop looking for goodies. In among the usual crap, there was a Ric bass. A September 1980 production Ric-O-Sound equipped sharkfin Ric 4001 in midnight blue, to be exact. (The blue and white model, not the blue and black "bruise" model.) It's a true road warrior - it has numerous small dents in the finish without finish damage, a fair amount of belt buckle rash on the back, and quite a few finish chips around the edges (particularly the end of the headstock - pity the poor drummer or guitarist that kept getting clobbered). It was definitely used as a gigging bass. It needs a fret resurface, possibly even a replacement fret or two, but the neck and fingerboard look fine. Cosmetically, the pickguard should be replaced, and the knobs are beat, too. It needs a new nut (big deal). It's missing the horseshoe pickup cover (again, big deal). Almost every screw that could be buggered is, in fact, well and truly buggered. The original case is included, but is pretty rough. I need opinions on what this beast is worth. I've got him down to $350 out the door (from $400 plus tax), and he isn't budging further. He's holding it for me through tomorrow, which allows me the time to raise the missing $100 if I decide to go for it. What do y'all think? It plays nicely, but is about a 6 on a 10 point appearance scale. It would make a fun refinishing project - I'm thinking Mapleglow after steaming out the dents - or leave it alone for that rugged bassist look. I can't afford a nicer Ric now or anytime in the foreseeable future. Y'all think it's worth $350? I'm about 75% convinced, and need some moral support! (Can you say "codependent"?) Ric basses have special meaning to me, because when I first started playing bass in High School (late '70s) I was using a friend's father's Guild Starfire and Ric 4000. This 4001 feels like coming home... Thanks!