Ive been saving up money for the last couple months for a backup bass for gigs. i recentally sold all my basses to get a sadowsky uv70 but have been gigging without a backup. ive been watching the classified ads here because i know good deals always seem to pop up here and the talkbassers ive dealt with in the past have been real fair and decent people. i was either looking for another jazz bass or maybe a pbass or stingray or something like that. i had around 800.00 to play with. i woke up xmas morning and got on talkbass and seen a red (looked pink) stingray. i sent the seller a private message and came to a good price (740.00). i looked up his feedback and it was really good. he even sold some stuff to some of the guys thats been here a while so i thought i could trust him. we sent emails back and forth for a couple hours and it sounded like the bass was in great shape. the only problems was a couple paint dings on the back. i went ahead and told him we had a deal and paid him through paypal. it took about a week to get the bass. i opened it up and looked it over. looked good except not only was there 3 dings in the back but the neck plat was cracked. i thought OH NO!!!. i looked down the neck and looked pretty straight. i grabbed a allen wrench and turned the spoke wheel and it just turned freely. the truss rod is broken or stripped. i boxed up the bass and went to my local store and had the guy that fixes my basses and stuff take a look at it. he looked at the back and felt of it with the allen wrench and said its broke or stripped. he said the same thing i thought. whoever dropped this and broke the neck plate broke the truss rod. i drove home and sent an email to the seller telling him about the truss rod and asked for a refund. a couple hours later he responded saying the bass was fine when he boxed it and there were no trial period or warrantee whatsoever. he then said he will not accept any responsibility or provide any refund of any kind. that seemed weird to me. i though talbass people were cooler than that. i sent another email saying look you sent me a broken bass and you need to do something about it. he sent me another email saying he only owned the bass for a week and talked to the guy he got it from. even though neither one of them ever touched the truss rod spoke cover, they know the rod was fine when they shipped it. he said he might go in half on a moses neck with me since it is my problem and he is a nice guy. can you belive that? 2 hours after he sent me that last email i got anoth email from him saying he lost his email service and may not be able to contact me anymore. :scowl: i do have his name, adress, phone number, and i did pay through paypal. any ideas or suggestions on what i should do??? i really need a back up bass and i called Ernie Ball today and a new neck would cost 400.00. i just want my money back!!!! i cant believe something like this would happen on talkbass.