there was a nice playing and sounding bass called a "bianca II" in violins etc., fully carved for the price of 2600 and it was made in romania, a nice oil finish, violin corners with a flatback. the owner of violins etc. told me (not while i was in his shop but i happened to meet him coincidentally) that they sent a nice older czech bass to the family in romania and they had a pattern made. the bass had helicore strings and the arco was pretty nice sounding and the pizz had a nice growl to the low end and midrange.....but the bow i was playing with was a cheap fiberglass bow that had only been rosined by me before i played it, i was going to take one of my bows up there and play the bass some more but i was informed through email that it was just sold and they can order me one, i emailed to ask some measurements and some seemed way off while others seemed ok, bridge height at middle was 160mm and overstand was 106mm, mensure was way off but the bass felt like it was about 41.5" when i was playing it.....oh yeah it had an Eb neck. i was told that they have put alot of these basses in the schools here and that they hold up well. so does anyone know anything about these basses? any other places to look at basses in the area(i'm in austin) or in san antonio or houston? i'm also considering a shen, perhaps a 7/8 willow or something...AND i was listening to paul chambers on the red garland trio recording with coltrane (traneing in) and the appeal of an old sounding bass is almost making me just consider saving until i can find a sweet old bass....decisions decisions.