Just wanted to share how happy I am with this bass I scored a couple months ago. It was being sold as "german" and has a tiny label inside about 1/2" across that says (in English)Made In Germany, but the label looks much newer than the bass, and looks like it was made for a smaller product. I've been told that that bass is likely 19th century Czech. So far the only luthier I've been able to get it to specializes in violins and doesn't know much about basses. Hopefully you guys will have some input. The front and back of the bass are really thin! Maybe about 4mm. The purfling is just scored on - not inlaid. It's a flatback and has VERY large reinforcing pieces inside. The fingerboard is not ebony and needs replacing but other than that, the bass is really resonant and responsive and seems to have no major issues. With the lack of purfling and the cheap fingerboard, it may have been made as a student bass? You guys would know. It can use some tweaking but even purchased sight unseen, out of the box, with Spirocores (not my first choice), it's playing great! Remarkably it's a 5/8 size (38 1/4" string length, 24" lower bout). What's the deal with these? I never heard of one until a year ago and now I hear more and more people talking about them. This is the second one I've owned - the first was decidedly a student model and I just bought it because it was cheap. I was surprised to find an 'antique' one. The second I saw it I knew it was MINE and I had to have it. It sounds pretty much as big as a 3/4 size. I put a K&K Bass Max on it for jazz and it shreds at 50 Hz through a GK amp. No adjustments required - couldn't ask for more - just turn it up and play - MY BABY. The real bonus - I grabbed it for $1275. God bless ebay. I couldn't believe I won it as there were a lot of bids and I thought it was going to go well up over $2000. (then of course I found out it had recently changed hands three times and was previously auctioned for less). I had been shopping for a bass for months and was having a tough time finding something respectable for less than $10K which I really did not have to spend. Then just sat down in front of the computer and this bass practically fell into my lap. Not that it is a $10K bass but it will keep me in Froot Loops for a couple of years. I was really stuck on a performance plateau until I got a hold of this bass. It has helped so much that I have made more progress in 2 months than in the previous 2 years. I've been in search of a shorter scale bass for a long time so my wee stubby hands don't have to work so hard. Or so my intonation doesn't suck so terribly. The trade off was to sacrifice a lot of tone in getting a smaller bass. But hurray! The photo is all pixillated. I will have to try a different format.