I was in one of the local music shops today and they actually had a used Kubicki in there. It's the first time I've ever actually run into one and been able to play with it. It was an unlined fretless, and I bit on fretless big time, so we'll leave that alone and I won't comment on it's playability probably because any problems were on my end. Now the questions. The clip that holds down the E string (or maybe you would call it the D string). Is there no way to get it to stay up? I could raise it, but had to hold it up. If I let go it went right back to fretting the E. Holding that thing up kinda made it hard to play at the same time, but I couldn't figure out if I was missing something. Was I? Secondly, the neck. I've never heard the neck discussed in any of the threads about them, but this one was what looked like a VERY high number of maple laminate strips, like 30 or so. The entire neck was made with 1/8 inch strips of maple? I have no doubt that the neck is incredibly stable due to this, but I'm surprised that nobody mentioned it before. Lastly, they were asking around $1k for it. It's in decent shape, obviously played, but not necessarily abused. I that a reasonable used price for these? There was a crack in the paint ( it was a black center with blue burst edges ) in the back around the corner of the neck pocket, which if I were interested in buying it I would check to be sure it's just in the paint, and not in the wood.