I am going to start back up the upright again (couldn't afford the cost to repair the dovetail). There is a local luthier, Eric Trujillo, who offers a rent to own option on Calin Wultur laminates. Along with the rental plan, he offers a maintenance plan for an additional $8 a month. I'm soliciting opinions on the maintenance plan- is $96 a year it worth it for a new new laminate bass? My opinion is that a new bass that is properly set up shouldn't need much (if any) maintenance for a few years. That said, it was my inability to pay for my Kay's maintenance that forced me into falling out of practice.