We just traded my10 year old nephew's 1/4 size Chinese laminated bass (nice one, too) for a half-size *carved* instrument at Wilson Fine Violins. (Rob made a new soundpost while we waited- he's a heck of a guy). He'll be playing my bass soon. Anyway, the bass is an interesting one; age, unknown. Make, according to the label is German. Most curiouis to me was the label which announces that the bass is a copy of an Antonio Stradavarius, Faceabat 17-whatever. Now I've seen a lot of labels like that on fiddles- when I ran a music store in the late 70s one came in at least once a week- but I've never seen it on a bass. Not that I've seen that many basses. Did Stradavarii make basses? If so- have any survived?