I live on the other side of the world so pick up in not an option. I've tried contacting business associates, colleagues, other US based luthiers who knew Tim. Many have been helpful and empathetic but no action (and fair enough, it's not their jobs or concern really!). According to Tim my bass was in progress and headed to paint but reliable sources tell me it wasn't started. I had paid in full. Hopeful but not expecting anything to happen.