While searching for information about American Standards I came across the website www.hnwhite.com which of course had no info about basses. I contacted the webmaster in hopes of getting some more info and he ended up putting up a page about basses. Unfortunately most of his info is limited to old catalogs. He sent me some photos too which were almost all King basses. It seems to me the Kings had violin corners and the ASs had gambas. Well anyway here's what I found out so far. Stringed instruments (including basses) were first made in 1935 and the company was sold to Kay in 1965. This means the #s on the kaybass.com site that start in 1925 are definately wrong for these AS basses and may instead be related to brass instruments. I mentioned that I had not seen an AS serial # above 3000 and he remarked that 3000 seemed about right for total production. If this is correct that would be about 100 AS basses per year if production was steady and unchanging making my # 787 a 1943 bass. This is my math and is in no way absolutely correct. He said he would try and search for more information but I haven't heard back from him as of yet. Meanwhile I'd like to encourage AS owners to post their serial #s here along with a small thumbnail and/or link to photos of their instrument. Maybe together we can get some info ironed out and if not we'll at least have a small database of known AS basses. Thanks in advance for your participation.