yeah, i won it last week, got it for $483 plus shipping, so i think it was around $513 total. i had no idea it was gold plated..
From the pic on ebay i thought maybe it was gold spray paint.. maybe so did everyone else, it went so cheap...
i put an old king neck on it and it does play about 75%. it does not have resonator pads, but that will change soon., and some of the keys are sticky..
I bought two barone necks, one silver and one lacquer, and am going to put one of them on it.. unless i can find a Martin neck., gold plated.. that would be miracle, which i do believe in.
Thanks for all the advice.. i had my wife drop it off at my tech today, so when he gets in Monday i'll be calling to give him the scoop on it.