Want to talk about how "Old wood is good wood?" Here we go: Circa 1850 German double bass. This instrument predates the American Civil War -- it's easily the oldest bass I have ever owned. Guitars come and go at my house, but this is my first new DB in ten years. Yes, it has had its full share of repairs over the past 165-or-so years. But Upton Bass has been through it so it is in sound condition. This instrument sounds just great -- deep, growly pizz and it loves the bow even with brand-new Spiros. And it's loud. Very loud. Other basses run away when this guy comes in the room. With luck, I will play it for a long time and it will keep playing long after I am gone!