Well I have just sent in my supporting member cash for this most awesome website. Question: I am a Newbie to DB but have recently purchased an old Epiphone from the 50's. It is good shape but was wondering what kind of care/upkeep I could perform. It has a few scratches/wear to the sides and the brass is dulled. Is it better to just leave it alone. Also there are a few 'din gs' on the body beyond the finnish. Can I do what I do with my furniture with Ober Fornby's or is that deterious to the instrument? I just want to respect it. The brass is dulled. Should I not shine it? Obviously you don't want cleaning product to get the neck which could be accomplished by finely taping around it before application. I read all the Newbie articles - which were all totally great. But I saw nothing about finnish, polishing, or cleaning products? Is there room for details on 'talkbass - DB' for these kinds of concerns. I just don't want to do something wrong to an instrument but want invest in it's future use and presentation.