*sigh* I'm bummed out. Long story short: I had my neck-thru Pedulla Thunderbass set up by a hack from Staten Island (the 'legendary' Mandolin Bros, now recently out of business), and he ruined the truss rod -- maxed it out entirely (the head is sticking out of the neck by over a centimeter, where it wasn't even flush with the opening when I brought it in) and mangle both the end of the rod and the proprietary wrench/key to the point where you can't get any purchase to turn it anyway. I brought it to a different local (and also supposedly reputable) tech, who confirmed my fear that I need to replace the truss, and then quoted me what I think (and hope) was an exorbitantly high price ($1500). In working order, the bass is realistically probably worth $1800-2000, so I'm hesitant. I was shocked when I heard the price -- I could have sworn I had heard of that work costing $500-800 before. I Google'd around and found a lot of references to roughly that price, but I'm finding that all the local luthiers' websites say stuff like "onsite quote necessary" when talking about truss replacement. I guess that's fair. So I've got a few questions: 1. What should this cost, generally, for a neck-thru instrument? 2. Do you know of any trustworthy luthiers/repairmen within a hundred or so mile of New York City that you'd recommend for the work? 3. Is there any sort of alternative solution I just don't know about? Thanks guys. *sigh* EDIT: I forgot to mention, I emailed Pedulla about doing the work -- but he won't touch it. Which I understand -- too many variables for a long-distance project.