A dear freind of mine's father played upright bass in the Army during WWII. The other day I went by his house and notice the old Kay bass in pretty bad condition I asked about it, he and his wife didn't seem interested in keeping it. They said everyone they talked to said it was a lost cause. I told them if they don't want it and if they don't find someone interested in it to not throw it away. So they gave it to me. I the top is in pretty bad shape lots of de-lamination inside mostly I was able to get it off relatively easily . The sides and back aren't to bad LOTS of honest wear and tear!! The story I as told is that when his father shipped back home they were told he couldn't take the instrument home but managed to sneak it home. I actually have seen his father.