The age of the bass is uncertain but it's at least 40 years old. It is a typical Mariachi folk instrument of the period. It has not been played for 20 years but plays just like it did back in the day. If you want to hear what it sounds like, check out ' Perfect ' by Fairground Attraction. It comes with a well used but functional hard case. These are not incredibly refined instruments but they have a vibe and a sound like nothing else. This instrument has been round the world and is all the better for it with no defects, apart from a repair to the neck, which happened on tour in Denmark in 1988. Due to it's size, it is collection only. Please contact me with any questions.