I recently acquired a top-of-the-line Epiphone B-5 string bass. This thing blows me away! I have 3 other uprights, but the Epiphone, which is from the 40's or 50's, strikes me as much nicer than the Kay's and other basses most often seen in this league. I have not been able to find out much about it, except for the Gruhn book and Vintage Guitar Guide listing. It has a nice flame back/sides, rosewood fingerboard, flamey tailpiece with "epiphone" metal plate, engraved tuners, and a black inlay around the back. It has an amazing resonance for a laminated bass, especially with a new set of Thomastik's. Does anyone know about these basses?