Mystery solved. The bass pictured on the left has been misidentified by a really big name as French, or northern Italian, probably French, couldn't be German or Czech because the workmanship's too good, yadda yadda yadda. Another big name told me to insure it for a phenomenal amount, but had the courage and integrity to say "I don't know," which should have been the answer of the first guy, because he doesn't know, either. After visiting French luthiers with our man Olivier, even I could figure out that the big name's pronouncement that it was a Mirecourt bass was ludicrous. Quite by accident, someone who does know the maker happened to be visiting, and saw it. Made in Transylvania, by a guy who regularly puts bogus labels in basses he makes. What's really nuts is, this bass is a killer. Other players stop in their tracks. So why doesn't the guy put in his own honest label and let his reputation build?