Hey guys, Thought you might like a few pics, havent done this in a while. Judging greatness is often folly but there are always a few names that keep rising to the top in my mind, Bach, Hendrix, Bird and few others. The fact that this bass was played behind Charlie Parker gave it an extra cool factor for me. But in learning about this bass I also belatedly opened up my ears to some music that I probably should have heard along time ago. This is a nice French bass made in the late 1800s and it was owned by the late great Roberto Bobby Rodriquez who was the bassist for Machito and Tito Puente among scores of others. He played on the South of the Border Bird recordings. Great stuff but I never took a leap passed that until by the grace of the basss current owner Ruben Rodriquez [no relation] I got to hear some amazing music for the first time. Ruben was kind enough to give me two cds-Bobby with the Alegre All Stars and Tito Puentes Dancemania. Wowee-wow-wow! I havent been able to get this stuff off my cd player. This music forces you to move and feel great! A perfect antidote to dreary winter weather. Anyway this probably should be in the Recordings section but I couldnt help comment on this music while posting these bass pics. The bass sounds amazing by the way, Ruben has it set for low action but the bass is able to produce tone and volume with a light touch. Killer.