Today (well, technically yesterday) I traded some electric bass gear to obtain a German gamba shaped hybrid labelled:
Bass und Cello b(aumeister)
I think the missing word after "Bass und Cello" is "baumeister", but I'm not sure about the word before the date. Based on a Google search, I believe the maker is Ehrfried Wunderlich who founded a workshop in Markneukirchen in 1961 that is now run by his children Karin & Klaus.
The bass shows some wear, but is fine structurally. It has the oldest Spirocores that I've ever seen and I'm sure the sound will improve with a new set of strings. It's loud and full sounding as is, but the strings are in really poor condition and don't seem to vibrate properly. The bass has a Realist pickup and also came with a nice Mooridian bag, a stand and couple of student bows.
I plan to use it for outdoor gigs where I don't want to bring my carved bass, but I'm also tempted to string it up with guts (I have 3/4 of a set of Red-o-rays). I've always wanted a second bass for this reason, although "gut strings" and "outdoors" are probably not a good mix.
It's interesting to see this bass alongside my other bass which is a carved 1960 Ernst Heinrich Roth that spent most of it's life in storage and looks practically new. Even though they are both German factory basses, the differences in the color, shape and f-holes is interesting. Both both basses have a string length just over 41", an Eb neck, a Romberg bevel and an an adjustable bridge, so switching back and forth should not be difficult.
I'll post better pics soon, but here is one of of both basses (the new one is on the right) and a shot of the label in case anyone can shed more light on the origin.