Hello everyone, I am writing from Sweden and just love reading all this stuff. Anyways, just bought a great-sounding carved bass (for $2500) that the seller told me is German and 100 years old. It may well be, it´s all blackened from age and terribly scratched and worn. But not in a charming been-through-two-world-wars kind of way. For instance, some moron has put a big sticker on the front and the glue has ripped much of the finish off. Anyways, this may sound like a sacrilege to you people, but just what do you think would happen if I would get some sandpaper, smooth the surface out (all over the bass I mean) and then apply some varnish or oil or whatever you should use? I restore a lot of old motorcycles to mint condition so this is the kind of thinking I have in me. Now tell me I´m a complete idiot for even thinking about it, so I´ll leave this century-old jewel alone... or does anyone ever restore the finish of these oldies?