It's nice to see that you have bonded with the tone of this instrument, in my 30 years of experience playing basses that has not often happened at any price. Remember that all of us on the board have only seen pictures and have not heard the instrument; I often get the impression from these types of threads that tone should have no bearing whatsoever on the value of an instrument or the decision to restore. Consider that when reading the many scoffs I have been in shops where an expert heartily scoffs at the poor condition of an instrument in need of work, refusing to even consider the job. Then as I play the inventory of instruments at said shop, no instrument at any cost speaks with as lovely a tone as my even-in-poor-condition bass. But tone and response is a subjective experience, so I suppose it's true that the luthier simply didn't hear sound in the same way that I do. The work of fixing, maintaining, and restoring basses is distinct from the work of making music with them. From a luthier's standpoint the value of a bass and the wisdom of restoration lie in the woodworking details. This thread represents that perspective well. From a musician's standpoint the value of a bass and the wisdom of restoration lie in the subjective experience of tone and response. This thread obviously can't have much to say about that. Only you know how many thousands of dollars that tone and response is worth to you and if such tone and response is easily found in other more structurally intact and inexpensive instruments. There is some balance to be had between money spent on an instrument and the value of the instrument in the market. But this relative balance is unique for every person - to what extent is the instrument a financial investment and to what extent is it a creative tool? To some the resale value is very important, to others it is totally unimportant.