There's probably an obvious answer to this question, but... I'm a Toybass player who is starting to look into buying a Realbass (I dig "that sound") and I was just wondering if there is a tried-and-true method to tell whether the bass... a) has a laminated top; b) is carved, or made of plywood. I saw a decent-looking bass (to my untrained eyes) yesterday for $1600, and I want to know if there is more I can find out from a visual inspection. It was a Czech-made 3/4 (Aucona or something like that... does anyone know this brand?) Unfortunately, it was at one of those stores that doesn't let you touch anything expensive unless you're actually going to buy it... Any help much appreciated!