That's right, I finally have my own DB...kind of. I don't own it yet, I'm taking it for a "test drive," but I'm friends with the current owner (he's selling it because he switched back to guitar and doesn't play it enough) so I'm going to hold onto it and pay it off as things go on as long as he's cool with that. So, the scoop -- it's from the 50's, made in west Germany by a company called "Haeffner"? I don't know how to spell it, but I had a man by the name of Jim Smith take a look at it and apparently that's the maker. Only label I could find was "Made in West Germany," so...there ya go. Laminate spruce top, laminate back -- I don't know what wood, but it's apparently harder than the spruce (almost no cracking in the finish). Ebony fretboard, Thomastik Spiro strings, Underwood Pickup, no indication as to who made the bridge but it's a maple job with chrome adjusters. Great looking neck -- can anyone tell me what wood it is? 3/4 size, 42" scale, Eb neck...am I missing any details? The Spiros bow better than I expected -- I've never bowed one with them, and from what I've read on TB, I half expected 'em to just screech and squeal...and I was using a German without as much hair as it should that hadn't had any rosin put on in it in weeks (and I've been using it regularly, there's almost nothing left in the hair!) Haven't plugged it in, but I've heard it played amped before and the school's DB that I've been using has an Underwood too. I'm probably going to switch it out, I'm not a fan of the Underwood's thin electricy sound. Here are the obligatory pics! There's also one in there of me playing the school's at a jazz quartet performance at the Spring Concert. Other good news? I've lost about 15 pounds since that performance . http://photobucket.com/albums/b124/govithoy/ Final notes: I'm also getting a bow with it. The bow itself needs a cleaning, a rehair, and a few parts (two rings -- one for the frog where the hair attaches and one for the button) but it's exactly what I'm looking for: french, heavy, and long. I left it with the repair fellow, and I'm going to have white hair put on it. The school's is a long, rather light German with black hair that's okay, but I REALLY want to learn French properly. Both are brazilwood. The bass itself needs a bit of work. It needs a new nut (the spacing is a bit off,) a fingerboard dress, and some new strings (I'm going the high action, low tension route) that bow a bit nicer. I'm mostly going to be doing jazz, but I'll need something that bows well for concert band, the Youth Symphony I'm auditioning for, and my own random classical pursuits. I've actually been playing it since February, but now I've finally got my own that I actually get to play OUTSIDE of class! Woo.