I would like to think I would replace this bass again if lost or stolen, but they are (a little too) pricey. The bass could be improved with a more efficient strap(lock) system. Also, it plays more "bassy" with the bass control switch in the off position.
This is a bass that sounds as beautiful as it looks. Out of all the instruments that I have EVER played, this one is the attention getter - the conversation starter, and rightly so!!!
Price: $1500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Ground, Leeds - UK
Made in Germany of selected flame maple. It is a four sringed bass with 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard with beech reinforcement inlayed on the back of the neck for support. It has two passive Hofner "diamond" pickups. The bass features 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, and a rhythm/solo switch for bass boost. The Hofner has a distinct "floating" bridge with movable metal saddles.
The two greatest attributes of these bass are its tremendous acoustic sound, and the short scale neck which allows smaller hands to navigate without a lot of stretch. It has the best sound out of my three basses. The other 2 are a MIM Fender Jazz and a Yamaha RBX260L.
The musical style I play mostly, Praise and Worship - is more orchesteral in nature. I couldn't think of a better bass to suit this purpose. The sound is very full and acoustic. I think it would also be suitable for a lot of easy, oldie, or folk type rock/music.
Reliability and durability will be a big issue. This is an unknown quantity and I have received mixed reviews. I think a key is, take care of this bass like a fine/more expensive acoustic (Taylor/Martin, etc.) and it should be fine.