Hi All, I've been happy with the "Spiro-on-Plywood" sound for years, but I'd like to add "Guts-on-Wood" to the palette. I'm currently looking at a 1959 Wenzl B. Wilfer 4/4 5-string (I use a high C-string) that I think will deliver the goods (I have it on loan for a week), but I do have some concerns and hence I turn to you for advice: String length The string length with the current setup is a whopping 112.4 cm = 44.25 in measured on the D-string. With a new bridge and nut this can likely be brought back to the nominal 110 cm = 43.3 in, but this is still a bit frightening. I can double stop octaves in half position, but I need to survive a night in D-flat at high tempos... Maybe I should give up right here? The bass is very stiff and feels choked with Spiro Orchester. Spiro Weich have a too low tension for my taste on a "normal" bass, but I've ordered a set as a "benchmark" thinking that at 110+ they might be just the ticket. (I have very little experience with gut, so for the evaluation it's probably best to start with something familiar.) Market value I need to factor in the risk that after say 6-12 months I conclude that the string length is too much to handle after all. Since the market isn't exactly craving for basses with string lengths above 43 in, and 5 stringers is quite a niche too, this bass can be hard to sell. Moreover there are some issues that need to be addressed/considered: Firstly it needs a full setup; new bridge, new fingerboard, new nut, new endpin. Secondly, this bass has been owned by amateur orchestra(s) and apparently it lived a hard life. I wouldn't call it a "beater" but it has cracks and lots of blemishes. In addition, the cracks have been repaired by a luthier with a less than stellar reputation (I shall not mention the name). In my next post, I'll upload some pics. My question is what a fair price for this instrument would be.