I came across a Taylor AB-1 at a big city music store, yesterday. On it's side, it had a big long jagged crack going from near the strap peg at the bottom, all along the lower outside curve midway between the face and the back, and nearly to the reversing inside curve!!! I don't mean a little hairline crack. I mean it was 1/4" to 3/8" wide in some places. You could easily slip a set of house keys and maybe a few old 33rpm vinyl records through this crack. The guy working there said it was from a humidity problem they had last winter. Another employee was in the room when it happened and said it sounded like a gunshot! Unplugged, the Taylors have never projected well, even without the extra sound hole. I didn't plug it into an amp, but it played well and I didn't notice any loss of sound quality compared to the other Taylors I have tried. I know they usually go for about $2,000 and up for their other models. They said they'd take $1,000 for it. I told him I'm no expert on repair costs and instrument condition, but he'd be lucky to get $500 out of it. Anyone know anything about this? Sorry I don't have a pic of the crack. I've always liked the Taylors for their 2 octave fingerboard (my Tacoma CB10 has only 20 frets and it limits me) and the fact that the offset soundhole is on the opposite side where my hand won't inadvertantly mute it, unlike my Tacoma. I want this bass, but I don't want to shaft myself, either. If the store loses money, that's their tough luck. They should have invested in a better humidity room in the first place.