Last night I played an outdoor gig on my "outdoor" bass (for pictures of this monstrosity, please visit this page: http://lordonly.net/Images/John/talkbassass/chris8351/ ). It did well enough for what it is, but the sound on the G string was pretty choked and I had to pull really hard to get anything out of the upper register at all. The bass is a mess, so perhaps I should just list all the things that are "less than great" about it: 1) The top has been thrice repaired right by the treble foot of the bridge: the first repair was a graft, the second was a patch underneath the graft, and the third was an even larger and heavier patch under the graft when the first patch broke. This third repair really hurt the sound. 2) The bridge is uneven because of the warping of the top, so that the treble adjuster is out almost a full inch while the bass adjuster is out only about a half inch. Not good, I know...but it was that way when I got it. 3) The fingerboard is in decent shape dressingwise, but is rather thin and I was told it was made of "low grade Ebony". I'm sure a denser board would produce a meatier sound. I like having an outdoor bass for those miserable hot/humid/cold/dry gigs, but at this point it's such a step down from my carved Czech bass that it's kind of a drag to play on. What should I look into changing first without breaking the bank? I looked into getting the top repaired by a "bass specialist" luthier when the patch split, but the estimate was $1600 minimum, so I took it to a guy who works on stringed instruments for the school system here locally, who put on the current patch for about $400 (including removing and replacing the top). Or should I just retire the damn thing and look into getting a new plywood? Any/all on-topic replies welcome, thanks in advance.