I was browsing around for uprights in Los Angeles came across this ad. This gentleman here was looking to rent one for this memorial service for his wife’s mother; family members wanted to play some bluegrass(?) tunes. He is from NorCal and couldn’t bring his upright and was hoping someone out here could help him out as all the rental places had no available instruments. He mentioned how he restores basses for a hobby and how he's done a similar deed to someone else and made a friend out of it. I thought, "what the heck, this could be a great little story." I had just picked up the bass with a wonderful setup by Lisa Gass. It wasn't like some rare antique, just a good solid plywood Shen. We talked and everything seemed just fine. I had a wedding gig in the west side, his memorial event was in the west side, just use it then drop it off before my gig starts in the afternoon. Timing was perfect. Seemed like such a nice guy on the phone. I met his family, they invited me to stay but I had much to do. They were all SO kind and thankful. He returned it to my gig during my soundcheck and we both were so glad to have a story to tell. “Thanks again for everything! I had a lot of fun at our event explaining to incredulous people how that had all happened, and what a wonderful “mitzvah” you had done for me and everyone there. The bass was great, excellent action and sweet tone.” Whenever I told people about this potential transaction, they were like "are you nuts?!" Maybe I am, though I've been victimized enough to know the scammers. Generally speaking, uprights aren't in their radar. A lot of happiness in my life has been from saying yes to random opportunities and making stories out of them, even if they're very simple ones. He gave me some nice compensation and I ended up squandering it, but that's another story.