This new Shen SB 200 5/8 maple carved back bass (sn 2021-7-80) is especially well suited to arco playing in an orchestral setting. The voice has a bold and colorful bel canto quality when used with a bow on the Pirastro Flexocore Deluxe orchestra gauge strings. This bass is easy to play and responds quickly to a bow. The spruce top features bold grain and very colorful tap tones. The carved maple back and sides also feature colorful tap tones. The maple neck has been fit with mid-grade brass tuning machines. The nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece saddle are made of ebony. The Hill style tailpiece is ebonized hardwood. The adjustable endpin is the 10 mm steel rod type. The replacement Despiau bridge has been fit with aluminum adjusters. The amber-orange oil varnish finish features the the maple and spruce woods. The Flexocore Deluxe strings are a very popular choice for contemporary orchestral play. The dimensions are: Top length 41 1/4″, Upper bout width 18 3/4″, Middle bout width 14″, Lower bout width 25 1/4″, Rib depth at tail 8″, Rib depth at upper bout corner 7 3/8″, Rib depth at neck joint 6 1/4″, String length 39 3/4″. This bass is a fine choice for a serious orchestral student or smaller adult. With cover.