Reading some recent posts on other threads, including those referring to the build-quality, or otherwise, of newer instruments versus old, set me wondering... What old instruments are out there still in use by bands? Maybe we could identify the oldest example still in regular use? I myself have a Hawkes single BBb Bass. It's serial number puts manufacture at or around 1896. It's no longer in regular use, only occasionally now, but it was used by my muisc centre band until recently and still plays well.