Even though I have been a working adult the better part of 10 years and in my mid 30's, my father graciously wanted to get me a new bass for Christmas even though he is a man of very, very humble in means. As many of you know, I have been after an acoustic bass for a while.
I tried convincing him to just get me a Takamine or Boulder Creek acoustic bass, but he refused (somewhat angrily), saying he wanted to get me a sweet instrument that could last a lifetime and told me to get the most expensive acoustic they had at Southpaw, and ended up getting this Martin (which I had wanted) from Southpaw as an early Christmas present. Apparently, it had been purchased a few years earlier, and the person traded in to Southpaw to get another.
I had spent a lot of time with the Martin acoustic basses when I visited Houston twice this year and loved them, so this was not a sight unseen purchase.
Took it to my luthier who gave it a thorough once over and declared it good. Jimmy told me that this was the only Martin lefty that had an upgraded gloss top, and also gave me a great deal based on his remembering some conversations we had earlier. Light bass, beautiful tone. Looking forward to many years of enjoyment.
Ok, enough droning, more pictures. No more acoustic bass threads from me (I think). http://www.southpawguitars.com/b15.html