I have just recently bought a Italian solo bass with a string length of 102cm. What is unusual is that the front is beautifully made from 3 separate sections of wood. Nearly all basses I have ever seen have the front ( top ) of the bass in one sheet. Anyone know of a luthier that would have typically made this in three parts? Have a close look at the photos of the top and the change in grain on purfling. Any comments welcome !