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Hofner HCT 500/1 Violin Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Aholt68, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. Aholt68


    Jul 27, 2017
    Hi All,
    I bought a used HCT 500/1 Chinese Hofner violin bass. It has a serial number but I have no idea how to figure out the date it was made. Does anyone have any info?
    It's: H 1026-1010
  2. fermata


    Nov 10, 2015
    According to Hofner, the Contemporary (and Ignition) models don't contain date information in their serial numbers.
    Congrats on the new bass! The HCT 500/1 is a great instrument.
  3. Aholt68


    Jul 27, 2017
    Thanks! That's what I thought too. But I'm seeing them for sale and it'll say 2010 bass or 2014 HCT bass for sale. I wonder how the sellers are dating them?
  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    That's probably when they were purchased new and the seller feels that's when they were made.

    Mine is an 2007, I know because that's when I bought it new. It was also the first full year of production for the HCT500/1.

  5. Aholt68


    Jul 27, 2017
    So mine doesn't have any writing on the back of the headstock whatsoever. I had my concerns until I took off the plate to see the label inside. Not that it's that important - I was just curious. You would think there would be a rhyme or reason to their numbering system.
  6. jimtone


    Feb 23, 2012
    I'm thinking you can possibly date the pots?
  7. fab4dave

    fab4dave Commercial User

    Sep 1, 2017
    26 october 2007
  8. fab4dave

    fab4dave Commercial User

    Sep 1, 2017
    26th october 2007
  9. Bobhmcs

    Bobhmcs Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2017
    Reno Nv
    I hope I am in the correct area. I like Aholt68 purchased a recently made HCT-500/1-SB serial M1213B204 and cannot find much if any info on the instrument. It is in mint condition and has the paperwork with it. The previous owner did state it was not German made. Does anyone have any suggestions where I might get more info such as date of mnfr?
    Unfortunately I have RA fairly bad and cannot play this bass as it deserves. Tyvm for your time and consideration.

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