Hello fellow TBers, Recently I had the chance to play a carved German upright. I thought the sound was dark and intriguing. I haven't been able to find out anything about the bass, I am thankful for any info. The bass was new, made by the Stravari company (www.stravari.com) the model is Gotthardt BIT. (Here's a link http://www.stravari.com/gotthardt_instruments) Also here is a craigslist link with the exact bass I played: http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/4269452962.html Has anyone played these? Is it possible these are sold also under another name? Iam in the market for carved top, but was looking mostly at hybrids considering my price range. I play mostly straight ahead jazz. I don't know if I really want the responsibility of a fully carved instrument. I guess I find it interesting that no one I know has owned, played or heard of this brand. Maybe this bass is also distributed under another name? Thanks for your replies.