Watching the CBS Early Show this morning, jazz singer Tierney Sutton and her back-up trio did some nice stuff! Of course, checking out the bass player right away, I was shocked to see him playing a German cut-away. Naturally they didn't introduce the section, so I have no idea who the players were, but they all sounded really nice! Rather than go through repeating alot of stuff about German cut-away basses, I thought i'd just bring it up because it seems we have a whole slew of newer members as well as younger newbies who may have never seen or heard of these. They are mostly German basses made in the 40s/50s that, on the basses treble upper bout there is a cut-away pretty much like a cut-away guitar. The Framus Company made a bunch of these. They felt very uncomfortable to me because of the obvious missing bout designed to make the upper positions more accessable. I'll look for some pictures and if you're really interested, search under German cutaways. And, to further impress and spike your curiousity, this guy had a fingered C extension on his axe!