This new Paesold 592-B in 7/8 size is a great example of the performance basses that I played for several years after first discovering this model in 2001. The general dimensions are nearly identical to those that were made by Hofner, until that company ceased production of double basses several years ago. This Wilfer-made example really captures the spirit and performance of the 7/8 basses that I played in performance. The spruce top plate is of moderate density, with the narrower grain at the center. The tap tones are rich and musical. The plain figured maple rib, back, and neck are of medium-density, with colorful tap tones. The runner single unit tuning machines with ebony posts are a real favorite for me. The nut, fingerboard, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle are all made from aged African ebony. The adjustable endpin is the tubular aluminum type made by ULSA. The medium density Aubert maple bridge has been fit with adjusters. The lightly applied varnish finish is acoustically transparent. The current stringing is Evah Pirazzi orchestra gauge, of a solid voice in both jazz and orchestral settings. The dimensions are: Top length 45 1/4″, Upper bout width 21″, Middle bout width 15 3/8″, Lower bout width 27 1/8″, Rib depth at tail 8 3/4″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 8 3/8″, Rib depth at neck joint 7 1/2″, String length 42 1/8″. This bass feels very much in balance acoustically and produces a bold and solid voice. A very nice performance and advanced student instrument. With cover.