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.