I just bought a really amazing bass that my luthier happened upon around halloween. It was one of those situations where I went in for a soundpost adjustment and he had this great double bass just waiting for me to play. I knew that it was bought as soon as I played her. Really great sounding instrument: Tyrolean ("top-hat")style tuners, 7/8, fully carved, deep and LOUD as all hell. I'm just a little curious about its origins. The only label inside is marked "Paul Safran & Sons Violin Repair, Philadelphia". I read somewhere on the internet that, years ago, this shop used to import carved basses from Europe (Germany?), set them up, and sell them. I was curious to find out if anyone on the list knew anything about this shop, or the history of this shop, or even played one of these basses (or knows someone who does). After GOOGLING "Safran & Sons", I was surprised at how many eBay hits I got back for (what appeared to be) student-model violins. This bass sounds too good for me not to want to know more about it. Thanks in advance--and happy new year.