So I have been borrowing a bass from my Uncle for the past year. I'm not sure how old it it, but my Uncle got it in the 60's, so I suspect it was made in that same decade. It is a German bass, without a name but the sticker inside actually says USSR occupied East Germany which is kind of interesting. It is a laminate bass that has seen some wear, but I don't really mind the aesthetics. The real problem is with the neck. It appears that the fingerboard has been removed and re-attached a few times because there is a readily apparent section of glue between the fingerboard and the neck. Moreover there are old cracks in the neck. When I received the bass there was an open crack along the upper bout. I paid a local luthier to glue the crack shut and he also drilled a little carbon rod through the neck to hold that part as well. The pictures show all these problems. As of now, I don't think there are any open cracks and that it is pretty stable as is. However, there is a fair bow to the neck that makes playing very strenuous. While the action is fair at the low end and okay where the neck reaches the body it is quite high in the middle of the neck. So if I wanted to keep playing this bass it seems like I really would need an entirely new neck. First off, I'm not sure what a job like that would cost but my teacher has suggested that I could get a decent student model bass for not much more. The thing is that this bass has a lot of sentimental value to my Uncle, so there is a chance that he would foot the bill just to keep the bass in a usable condition. But I'm not sure if with a new neck, the bass would still just not play as nice as a student model bass ie a Shen. So, does anybody have an estimate of how much replacing the neck would cost? Would you suggest just getting a Shen or something even if my Uncle would pay for a new neck? If I were to look for a different bass I have up to 3k that I could put towards it. Does anybody have any advice?