I recently recalled an instrument my former teacher Warren Benfield had once owned. He showed me a picture of it, and I can't remember the name, but it was several centuries old and he had sold it when he left symphony playing. I remember that the scroll and volutte were the tradtional shape, but had dragon scales carved in them, and if I remember correctly there was a small dragon carved near the top of the back. I think I remember that the maker it was a contemporary of stradivarius, but I was a high schooler then and didn't appreciate what I was learning. Any info on this bass would be appreciated. Also, if anyone has any information on his final bass I would be interested. I remember it was a french rental bass from the 1800's, and it had a number (possibly 154) carved at the top of the back. Still (in my limited experience) probably the finest bass I have ever played.