O.K... here's my story.. I'm a violinist/fiddler who took up electric bass guitar 4 years ago. Now.. I want to add some upright to a few of our songs. I'd prefer EUB for the ease.. but I know that would not convey the true "experience" of playing "bass". So.. I'm looking all over, reading a lot here on TB, and searching the internet.. I found an ebay auction for a 1947 Kay M1... if this is a great deal... I certainly don't want someone to snatch it up... but if it's just a piece of crap.. I'd like to know. It appears that it has been through the ringer.. and with what appears to be part of the back cut out.. I can't imagine the sound is all that good. And those steer heads have got to go... but seriously.. can anyone tell me (without playing it, and seeing it up close) if this is just a piece of junk... or if it might be worth it, and what would I need to do to get this thing in shape... He lives within 30 minutes of me... but I won't have the luxury of going to see it in person until after the acution ends.