'"Since i first heard the B-side of Paperback Writer, 'Rain', i knew that was the perfect bass sound! Also Kevin Parker of Tame Impala uses one so I use ' The Violin Bass' sound on my solo records 'The Kundalini Target' and 'Peace City West' and on my new album out in 2013 called Travel Wild / Travel Free. The perfect bass sound. " - Steve Cradockmore
I had a ignition version, and while the sound is 75% there... the playability was pretty much non-existent to professionally recording.. why? The build is very poor and is meant more as a decorative piece... they did not build the frets correctly so even after changing pricey string set after another and setting up countless times... only one spot of the fretboard played somewhat accurately... improper build made this useless in the studio. The real german made one looks leagues better, plays anywhere in the fretboard as it should... and the pickups deliver full original tone we all know and love.
After some fierce bidding on ebay, I won my '62 40th anniversary reissue Hofner at 6am in the morning for 1650 USD from some fella that was in a Beatles' band in Philly. I love this bass. The only drawback that I find, is that it is so easy to play. You can easily get spoiled playing a Hofner, making it harder to play a longer scale bass. I tend to shift back and forth between the Hofner and a Gibson Les Paul bass to keep myself in check. I'd like to get an ICON series Hofner and fit it with German electronics & hardware and use this one a little more sparingly to prevent it from getting dinged up. It's a great bass.