Hello to all- I'm new here at TB but it looks like a great place. I've a question: I have a 100 year old German DB, and the guy I bought it from installed a shim in the neck joint and a false nut, making the string length shorter. After playing it this way for a while, I'm tired of it. I want a normal neck without a false nut. I also want the shin removed because the heel is so wide it's not really as comfortable as it could be. The question is: is this a possibilty, and if so, what needs to be done? A new fingerboard obviously will fix the false nut problem. I know that will change the placement of the notes, but that's ok with me. (It currently makes sitting in on someone else's bass difficult). It would also make for a good excuse to practice 10 hours a day....LOL. The shim is more tricky...I think I'd need a new bridge to account for the lowering of the fingerboard to the top plate. I wonder how this is going to affect the sound? When I first acquired this bass, I took it to David Gage for an assessment. Because of financial reasons, I did not go ahead with the work at the time. I honestly do not remember what he said about the other issues......(this was 10 years ago). You can view some pictures of those areas here: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/musicexpressionnj/album?.dir=/7612 Any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.