3/4 Fully-carved Markneukirchen factory bass with gamba corners and round back; made in 1992; very good condition; recent repairs, setup, and new Helicore Hybrid strings; located one hour north of Detroit, MI, USA.
It sounds like a marketing ploy, but I think you'll agree that I have priced this to move. The price is firm, as I have priced it much lower than I have seen for this same bass in the inventory of US shops; if I can't get this price, I will hang on to it or loan it to a local school, as I believe it is worth much more. Because I am a private party without overhead to cover, I thought I'd put the price to the lowest reasonable spot and go from there.
I found this bass for a very talented electric bass student that I had hoped to lure to the DB side. I let him play it for 6 months, and sadly he didn't take the bait. The label inside the bass says the following in German (I've translated to English):
Built under the guidance of the master Eberhard Meinel in the masterpiece sites 'Musima' musical instrument making Gmbh Markneukirchen.
So it's a factory bass made in the Musima factory after German unification in Markneukirchen (the date 10 March 1992 is stamped inside the instrument). Here are the measurements:
String Length: 41.5"
Body Length: 44"
Upper Bouts: 21"
Lower Bouts: 26.25"
Center Bouts: 15.25"
The bass has gamba corners, a round back, moderately flamed maple on the sides and neck (very attractive). The top is a wide-grain spruce and the varnish is orange. The scroll on this bass is very large and attractive; the plate tuners are solid and hold tune very well.
Before I found the instrument, it was owned by a single player who used it for high school and college orchestra. The bass was recently professionally set up with the following repairs/adjustments: fingerboard dressing; bridge re-shaped; bridge adjusters installed; new end pin and cable; light varnish touch-up from normal wear; Helicore Hybrid strings installed. All this work was performed by bass luthier Mark Schwartz in Flint, MI. Mark is a bassist himself, owns a fine violin repair business, and does regular work for the Interlochen music school.
This would be a great first carved bass for a promising player or an excellent school bass. This is what I hope happens to the instrument. It has a nice warm tone and would do fine for orchestral or jazz playing. Sound samples available upon request (if you can put up with my lousy pizz and arco playing--I've been away from double bass for a long time).
The bass comes with a fairly thin but serviceable bag with a bow pockets, etc. I don't see a brand name on it, but it's similar to a Knilling bag I had many years ago. Light colored (grey?) nylon with soft interior.
Photos below (view them all in high res here: http://tinyurl.com/mogzupt
Photos from inside the bass: