In the new year I hope to be in a position to upgrade my bass, so I am starting to look around locally at what is available. I may well go for a Hybrid New Standard, but there are older basses in the same price range with potentially more tone and character that may be worth buying. But how do I know what they are, and how much they are worth? For instance yesterday, at a dealer who is well respected but with a reputation for being a little on the pricey side, I tried an unamed Hungarian flatback, and a Rumanian bass with an Eb neck (or was it the other way around). Both played and sounded much better than my present bass, but I was not so keen on their physical condition. I wasnt moved to seriously consider either one of these, but should I stumble on something that I really like how would I find out whether it is as represented, and that the price is realistic? Its much easier when buying cars or airplanes or houses you do some research on well known makes and models and then get a trusted expert to examine your potential purchase. Of course Im not spending that kind of money, but I still need to be assured that my money is well spent. How do you guys go about buying older basses?