So, I'm in a pawn shop across the street from where I work waiting on a sandwich from the store next door. I have a habit of going to the pawn shop while I wait for my food. In the several years it's been there, I've never seen anything that approached the quality or price of a bass that I would want, but I keep checking anyway. (Maybe that says something about my personality / intelligence Ha!) I go back to the musical instrument section and hanging on the wall was a natural finish Peavey T-40 with a maple board. I don't know much about them but under the layers of grime looked like there might be a decent bass, especially for $99. I plugged it in, tuned it up and it sounded pretty good though it needs a set up badly. I offer the lady that always sees me come in look at basses and leave $90 for it and there's no way she'll budge. I say thanks, hit the door thinking she'll give in, but no. I did a quick web search on the T-40 and saw what's been written about them on this board and decided to pull the trigger. I put my spare set of Rotosound SB66's on it when I got home and it sounded better so I took it with me to a church concert we did last night. Found out that it's not quite gig worthy right now, but a little TLC and a good set up should cure it's ills. If you've taken the time to read this far I bet you might know something about the T-40 and I've got a couple of questions. How should I go about removing the layers of grime (black greasy looking stuff) without hurting the finish any more than it has been already? The frets need polishing (or more accurately, de-spooging), is that something I can do myself and what would you use? The previous owner must have been a mechanic judging from the way the bass looks. He probably kept it in his office as a weapon. I know it must have frightened women and small children. Anyway it will make a great back up bass to my Jazz even though its way different. Do y'all have any advice on what else I should do to bring it up to its potential? Best strings - mods? I'm a happy camper, I also need to figure out how to tell my wife what she got me for Christmas. Ha!