(Please note: price listed above has been reduced to $8000 - including shipping to continental US.) If you are serious about buying a bass and you live in or near Los Angeles, you should check out this instrument. Other basses will be cosmetically more impressive, but when it comes to sound, most will pale by comparison. There have been numerous small repairs of minor cracks, all holding tight for the last four years. This bass was originally a four-string bass. The neck was reinforced when the wide ebony fingerboard was installed. The specs: "John Juzek, Czechoslavakia" (signed label inside) 7/8 flatback 5th string was added after the bass was made dark varnish gamba shape measurements: - length - 115 cm (45.3") - upper bout - 53 cm (20.9") - center bout - 37 cm (14.6") - lower bout - 70.5 cm (27.8") - vibrating string length - 43.5" Reading from its October 2012 appraisal: The top is two-piece spruce with straight, even, medium-to-wide grain. A large repair wing piece was added to the lower treble bout. The back is a 2-piece plain quarter-cut maple. The scroll is beech, V grafted to a maple neck, and a reverse wedge has been added to the neck face. The instrument is in fair condition. Appraisal value for insurance purposes: $12,500. Having played and owned some good basses over the past 30 years, I can honestly say none has sounded as impressive as this one. It embodies the marriage of beauty (of tone) and beast (in volume). The tone is remarkable across all registers - with lyrical highs, muscular mids and that authoritative, church organ-like low end. The fifth string is currently tuned to B. Classical players will welcome not having to reach up and futz with a cumbersome extension. Jazz players will delight in ending a ballad by bowing a final low Eb or C, melting the singer's cold glare into a warm smile. Included are some practical accessories: -generously padded bag (cover) with strategically-placed handles -detachable wheel -two decent German student bows and a quiver -Underwood pickup -a nifty blender to combine and edit your amplified sound with your mic or Realist pickup, e.g. Anyone who loves bass and works hard at it should be rewarded with a bass that sounds as magnificent as this one.