Greetings all. You may or may not know that I've just purchased a Christopher carved bass, rendering my Englehart useless. I'd like to keep this bass as a backup, and I've heard that basses like this do very well once the ultra-thick coat of poly finish is stripped off the bass. (In addition, I think it's as ugly as a batch of homemade sin!) So I want to attempt this, but having the whole thing refinished by a violin shop is cost prohibitive. My question: Is there a recommended way of removing the crap that's on my bass that won't melt the glue holding it together? (I mean, I like to 'do it myself', but I don't want a "make your own upright" kit when I'm done. The plan is for me to remove the old finish, refinish the bass (I'll be asking more questions later) and then have a new soundpost, tailpiece hanger and setup done by a professional. Are those "orange" strippers the way to go? What type of varnish should I use to refinish? Am I crazy for trying this? Anyone have any suggestions?