Back in the 70's my father bought a small (5/8?) bass from Dave Horine at the Bass Viol Shop in Cincinnati. It was stamped "The Curtis Institute" on the heel of the neck and on the lower bout adjacent to the endpin. At the time, we were told it had been sold by Curtis in a fundraiser sometime in the late 40's or early 50's. Anyone know anythng about Curtis selling off instruments about that time?
I really don't know much about the history of Curtis selling basses, but I'm curious about your father's bass. Did he sell it? Because the bass you are describing sounds similar to the one I currently own!