This my first post here, so of course it begins with a question: Has anyone here ever heard of, or played a Kiso Suzuki DB? Having decided to bite the bullet and dive into DB after 40 years of playing electric bass, I purchased a used DB. The label reads: Kiso Suziki, 4/4, Strad copy, #100, 1982. Looking the instrument over, I guessed that it might be a student model. The bass belonged to a gracious elderly woman who purchased it for her husband (now deceased) 20 years ago, used, from a music store in San Francisco. She said he was never able to learn to play it, so it had been sitting in the corner for years. The top is bookmatched spruce, laminated, I believe. The back is laminate with book-matched birds-eye maple. The back is rounded.The fingerboard is "ebonized" maple, as is the tailpiece, but thy are both well finished. The fingerboard is straight as a string. The neck is somewhat hefty but comfortable to me. There are some gouges here and there, but using a flashlight, and inspecting carefully, there were no cracks, no rattles, and everything appeared solid. However, the sound-post was out of it , and I didn't want to try and play the thing without it, of course. This bass feels a bit lighter than a Cremona I played a while back, and the detail work is much better than the Cremona. Long story short, I bought the bass without hearing or playing it. But judging from the quality of construction, I rolled the dice and purchased it. The price was, I thought, quite reasonable for a DB beginner. There is a luthier I can take it to for a reset of the soundpost. Until then, I can't report on the sound of the instrument. It might be Christmas, or halloween, or somewhere in between. If anyone has any experience or knowledge of the Kiso Suzuki Violin Co., especially he DBs, I would love to hear from you. Thanks. BTW, this is a wonderful site!