So the drummer in the band I'm in has an old upright sitting in the corner of his garage. I don't know how long it's been there, a long time obviously, judging by the condition (Sitting in a garage... in SE Texas!). I don't really know anything much about it, except that it used to be his grandfather's upright and that I might be interested in buying it as my first upright. However, its got quite a few issues. The most obvious problem is the two foot long crack on the front of the bass in the very middle of the wood. It starts a little past the end of the fingerboard and goes under the arch of the bridge and a little past it. The 2nd one is a half inch gap of space seperating about 4 inches of the back plank from the bottom of the sides (don't really know the proper term, since I'm not actually an upright player yet) A 3rd problem is that one of the soundposts is missing. I'm assuming this single missing soundpost is responsible for the large crack on the front. The soundpost thats missing is on the E & A side of the bass, and since its been kept under tension in a hot garage for who knows how long, I'm guessing the string pressure on the bridge caused this. The final problem is that the tuners are in pretty crappy condition. One of them is pretty much completely rusted out. I guess a new bridge or bridge adjustment couldn't hurt either. So, as you can see, this is quite a project. I've played the bass, and I actually like how it sounds. The volume and projection absolutely suck though. There aren't any rattle noises or anything like that. I'm not that worried about repairs for cosmetics sake. Like making the crack on the front look like it was never there, I just want to make it function like its supposed to. How much do you think all of these repairs will cost (a ton)? Which ones are important enough to get fixed before the rest? Are there any things I can do myself? I'm sure a lot of people are going to recommend that I forget about it and just buy a new entry level upright, but I kind of like the idea of playing a really old restored bass, especially since it used to be my drummer's grandfather's. He was reluctant to sell it at first because of that reason, but I convinced him it would be better to sell it to someone who would patch it up and play it instead of letting it sit in a garage and continue to fall apart.