Hi there, I'm new to the forums but I've been enjoying all the postings. I looking to see if anybody has thoughts a bass I've owned for while. It's approximetly 200 years old, cello shaped and the stamp inside says "GAND PÉRE, MIRECOURT. I've done a little research but found very little in terms of who actually made it. I know that Bernadel and Gand were connected but the "PÉRE" is a mystery as far as who it pertains to. I'm also planning on get the shoulders cut down and I'd love to hear thoughts about too. It's VERY difficult to play in the upper register a the moment! Other than that, the top and side are in great shape and it sounds truly incredible. FYI. The varnish on the bass is not original and neither is the scroll so there is very little that's historically important left. If they were original I wouldn't be considering something so drastic. Thanks and looking forward to hearing your thoughts.