One of the things I love about my line of work is that just when you think you've seen it all you get surprized. A client brought this in with plenty of cracks and wanted me to restore it. Many of the cracks were so wide open that it was easy to see how thick the ribs were-and boy were they ever thick. 7mm! The upper and lower ribs were not that acutely bent but the c-bouts were pretty normal in their curve-how the hell did the maker bend them? Turns out that after popping the top I saw that the c's were plywood. Not so unusual 'ceptin this bass was made by Giovanni Pistucci in Naples, 1909. Not exactly Home Depot plywood, but made in the guys shop. Why? Cause this guy was stupid. The whole bass is stupid, but it is Italian so I guess it's worth fixing.