I bought my Romanian flat back bass about a year and a half ago from a bass luthier in Portland, OR. It was affordable (almost), has a great sound & I love it.
Inside, it says "Made in Romania" and "Reghin", which I understand is a city with more than one bass factory.
Serial # 618559652 Does anyone know how to get any info from the serial # (such as when it was made)?
There was a name on the back: "Karl J Kahila". Shortly after I bought the bass, I did a quick google search & found an article some east-European-looking language on what I thought at the time was a touring double bassist. I mentioned that to the guy I bought it from, & he said a friend of his found the bass in Vancouver, BC.
I did another google search recently and found this: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vfc/WCN/WCN_Apr05_v4/
That's a photo of Karl playing my bass! My guess is that he played a lot of polkas on that thing over the years.
Anyway, I thought that was a cool story & wanted to share. It's always nice to know a little history.