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Karl J Kahila

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Who da Ville, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Who da Ville

    Who da Ville

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    I bought my fully carved 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 in (what at 1st glance to my un-educated eye looked like) some east-European-looking language. The article mentioned 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 Karl playing my bass! I bet 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 good to know a little history about your instrument.

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  2. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    A cool piece of history there.

    Just FYI, we very much prefer Northern-Europe or even Scandinavia over anything that begins with East ;).

    Regards
    Sam
  3. Who da Ville

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    I understand your point, Sam. I'm not very familiar with European languages, & in my simple mind I thought that since the bass was made in Romania, maybe the owner was east European.

    Now that I understand that Karl was active in the Vancouver, B.C. Finlandia Society, it all makes sense.

    I'm still curious; Does anyone know how to decifer the serial # to determine when the bass was made?


    Clint
  4. kevteop

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    We call you Santa-Land, or Racingdriverland.
  5. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    I think that your bass is a 'Roma' but I'd like a look at the label to confirm. If its a Roma, they don't serialize the basses and that number would have been installed by the importer/retailer/owner.

    Can you post a pic of the labels?
  6. Champagne

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    Could be a Hora bass too?
  7. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    The shape of the lower bout and the purfling at the button don't really say 'Hora' but... ;)
  8. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    No worries, we were sometimes called Soviet Finland because of our SF country acronym/abbreviation.
    That POed us to no end as You can imagine.

    Now that's more like it :).
    Those we are known for world-wide.

    Regards
    Sam
  9. Jake deVilliers

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    According to the phone book, Karl is alive and well and living in Vancouver. ;)
  10. Who da Ville

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    I'm afraid I assumed the worst when I found out I had Karl's bass. I hope he up-gaded to something really sweet. His old bass was pretty well-worn by the time I got it. The luther I bought it from spruced it up a little last fall.

    Here are some more pics.

    I just noticed they spelled Romania with a 'u'

    Reading up a little on Roma bases on this site, some of the models pictured have the blonde neck and the ebony trim piece like mine. The serial # is just above the ebony trim.

    As I understand it, the name Roma came from the importer, not from the manufacturer? So how many bass shops are there in Reghin anyway?

    Guy I bought it from said it was made in the early '80's, but I don't know how he deduced that.



    Thanks for the info.

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