I bid 1900, and still reserve is not met This auction is for a 1981 Moonstone Flaming V Bass. Serial number 9004. This is one of 6 Flaming V basses ever made at the original Moonstone Factory. It is the only one built with the vermillion wood "clownlip" pickup surrounds. The bass is in excellent condition, it shows natural signs of wear but no repairs, breaks, cracks or issues. The instruments looks half its age for sure. Body is highly figured burled Maple top and back with 100 year old Honduran Mahogany core. The neck is a 5 piece neck with flamed maple on either side, and paduak in the center flanked on either side with a strip of graphite. Beautiful straight grained Brazillian rosewood fingerboard with oversized dots and gold side dots. Frets look new and have 99% life left. 24 fret, medium scale length and almost flat fretboard radius. Very comfortable Jazz Bass style neck extends through the body. Headstock has volute and burled maple overlay with black logo and ebony trussrod cover. Original Badass bridge is in excellent+ shape, as are the Schaller tuners. The original brass knobs show some tarnish. The electronics are original Bartolini's wired to AB Mod Pots, seperate Volume, Master Tone, 3 Way Switch and phase switch for bridge pickup. The bass sounds huge, has excellent sustain and the wood combination provides a large and focused tone. The shape lends itself to a very comfortable and balanced playing position. The bass is in excellent cosmetic condition. It shows very little playing wear, the worst ding is shown in the pic with the output jack. Easily 9/10 condition, incredible considering its age and how far it has traveled. The only things changed on the bass are the nut as the original had worn down, and straplocks for safety. I had Lakland Basses install a new nut and had them match it to the material and shape of the original. The bass plays flawlessly now. Included with the auction is the original case, which weighs about 4 times as much as the bass itself. Packaged I believe the bass and case weighs close to 70 pounds. I do have a coffin case that fits great if you can't afford shipping something that large. I bought this one from the original owner who lives in Germany. When it was shipped UPS decided to put a small hole through the case. Such a shame to have something like that happen after 26 years of loving care. It is not bad, about the size of a half dollar and not all the way through. You can see this in the pics. Also included is a strap with straplocks. This is an excellent opportunity for players and collectors. This is a very rare one, and one with no issues, repairs or problems. I have had quite a few Moonstones over the years, and seen some with build issues/build flaws. This is one of the perfect ones. It plays great, 100% original (besides the nut and straplocks). You will be happy with this instrument. I have set the reserve at half of what it costs to get a new Flaming V Bass built. Shipping will be slightly more expensive given the size and weight of the case. Please ask any and all questions you may have. Thanks and Good Luck!