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While most are only familiar with Paul McCartney’s Violin Bass, the German manufacturer has long been held in high regard for their various instruments.

I’m probably late to the game for most of you, but I finally got around to watching Get Back, Peter Jackson’s excellent Beatles documentary. Throughout the doc, I was keeping an eye out for interesting guitars (like George Harrison’s Fender Telecaster made almost entirely of rosewood) but was dwelling quite a bit on Paul McCartney’s Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass. The German-based Höfner Company made a lefty Violin Bass for McCartney back in 1961, while the Beatles were playing regularly in and around Hamburg. I found it so interesting that McCartney continued to favor the guitar, even though the band could afford and play just about any instrument available during that time. In fact, in those early Hamburg days, Harrison played a Höfner President and then a Club 40, which John Lennon also played. Even Stuart Sutcliffe had a Höfner 500/5.

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Sir Paul drops hints

Longon, England (November 16, 2007) - Somehow it''s come to this -- the increasing importance of iTunes in popular culture is such that it is actually newsworthy when a remaining iTunes hold-out gets closer to having their music available via the popular music downloading service.

The biggest holdout of them all -- the Beatles -- is one step closer now, according to Sir Paul McCartney in an interview with Billboard magazine.

"It''s down to fine-tuning, but I''m pretty sure it''ll be happening next year, 2008," said the famous member of Wings who also had a few hits with the Beatles.

"You''ve got to get these things right," he said. "You don''t want to do something that''s as cool as that and in three years time you think, ''Oh God, why did we do that?''"

Sir Paul''s other music has been on iTunes for a while now and so has Ringo''s. George Harrison''s went online last month.