I just got this German made Hofner 500/1 Vintage 62. I really like it. It sounds so different from my other basses, which are more in the Fender style. Got a great deal on it as well. It has flats on it now, but I'm considering putting tape-wounds on, as I have with most of my other instruments. I'd be curious as to what strings others like for violin basses (I'm sure that information is on here already).