hi, i have done a little research on my bass, but still don't know much about it. maybe someone has info or a link that can help. my upright is a blonde-ish plywood bass, with inlay on the back. inside, it says the following: Johann Otto Nurnberg hand reproduction of Antonius Stradivarius Cremona, 1721 Made in 1939 Made in Germany I bought it for $250 and had the headstock pinned and repaired. it was pretty dinged up ouround the edges, but works well and has a nice tone, and an interesting inlay on the back. I was just wondering if anyone knew about this. The gentleman who repaired it, suggested that it was probably factory made and that the name Johann Otto Nurnberg is fictitious or just the name of that particular line of basses and not a maker etc. He also said it was early for a plywood bass, and that perhaps the pre-war germans were testing out the new material on a multitude of designs (everything from musical insturments to pt boats, etc). any info would be appreciated.