I purchased this bass last June and have since determined that I'd rather have a D neck bass (this one has an E flat neck). I recently had some chipped edges repaired, new Rubner hatpegs installed and the fingerboard planed by Tom Wolf (The Plains, VA). Tom checked that all the previous repairs were satisfactory and appraised it, which is quoted below:
"...it is gamba shaped with a round back. Most likely the bass is of post-war mid twentieth – century construction. A repair label from 1993 indicates that George Hofer did repairs to the bass in Savannah, Georgia. Plain maple is used throughout the instrument while medium grained spruce broadening at the edges is used on the top. The bass has been poorly re-varnished in a thick red amber material. Good brass full plates with ebony pins adorn the head. Rosewood is used for the tailpiece. In a solid state of repair the instrument is well set-up for all styles of playing.
Body length: 42 inches
Upper bout: 20 1/8
Middle bout: 14 ½
Lower bout: 25 ½
String length: 42 ¼
Ribs taper: 7 ¾ - 6 5/8
I believe this bass to have a fair market value of $ 6,200."
The bass also shows signs of having a C extension installed at one time. The only other comment Tom made was the bridge has a slight warp, but not enough to warrant replacement yet. In light of that, I'm setting the price at $5,000 with a Mooradian bag.