At that point in time I could not afford the more exspenssive German Made Hofners. My thoughts wrere to rebuild the bass with the higher auility hardware one thing at a time. I changed aout the pickups with Seymore Duncan Mini Humbuckers. I search to fing a panel that that id used and in Germany for the bass. am going to swap out the control. The new panel is made with different components. I thinking like Radar on MASH sending a jeep home a part at a time.