Johannes Klier was a violin maker and a Hofner competitor from the same small town in Germany as Hofner. After Beatlemania it became apparent that the world needed MORE violin basses than Hofner could offer, Klira began making them as well, with the help of ex-Hofner employees and many of the same parts. These have bolt on neck, which means that when it does need a neck reset, as most Hofners do, it will be $5 not $500. The one however has a great looking neck set, a straight neck and super cool cat's eyes soundholes FTW. Come in and A-B it with a Hofner.