Well, well, we go away and then we "come back". Hello, friends and family. From time to time I have gotten Private Messages concerning my beloved and now almost 7 year old 4/4 5-string Bulgarian bass, which I purchased new from Bob Gollihur in 2005. It is of course "fully carved" and the handiwork of Markneukirchen guild trained luthiers and made in the Rubner gamba style. Inside it is signed by shop master Ivan Georgiev. It weighs 31.5 lbs. and is taller than I am and the largest double bass in Atlanta outside of the Prescott that Ralph Jones sometimes uses in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It is a fantastic piece of equipment. I have lugged it, hugged it, dropped it, tripped over it, fallen on stairs with it, and most importantly continued to play it in jazz, folk rock, blue grass, and other ensembles since the first week I had it. The only repair it currently needs is the fingerboard is a bit loose from the last time we both tripped over a stairstep while some chickipoo was distracting me. I was a little drunk at the time, busted my lip real good, but the bass sustained no damage of any consequence. Durability: This bass is guaranteed to break anything that is in the path of it falling. Incidents of note: It slid off the side of my car onto the pavement. Minor bruise only. An automatic garage door once came down on the scroll. It broke the motor of the garage door. The only part that I replaced was the bent end-pin lock screw. It fell over onto a fellow musician's Taylor guitar when he accidentally knocked it off the stand. The Taylor had to be repaired. I used to play it through an amp until I was told to turn down at a session when I wasn't even using an amp. Sometimes I use an acoustic image and a good condenser (see my gear profile). Now, unless it is in a large venue with a lot of competing amps, it goes solo. It sounds best with the Martin Brunkala osage orange German bow with black hair (and Pops or Soft Oak rosin) that I had custom made a few years ago, but it does very well and is way loud played pizz. The finish has some crazing marks from exposure to weather but has held up except where it was bumped or banged. I don't baby this baby. She goes everywhere from tent to tavern and rarely complains. All I can say is if she ever gets trashed, I will buy another one from Bob Gollihur if he still sells them. I can't imagine playing any other double bass after this one, unless it was another like it.