+1 on everything everyone has said.
I have never played a genuine German-made Hofner 5001, but on the June long weekend I finally got to try a Chinese license made Hofner Icon "BB" (Beatles Bass) bass, while visiting my son in Port Macquarie.
I have long been curious to try a Hofner of any description, and had read good things specifically about the Icon series basses. While the Icon BB doesn't have quite the same tonal range, quality fittings or the classic German Hofner pickups, I was still really surprised and impressed by the tone, playability and overall quality of the instrument.
In fact, I was so impressed, I couldn't put the bass down, and had to reluctantly leave the store to track my girlfriend down at the shops to see if I could get the nod to buy it. Fortunately, wiser heads than mine prevailed (I'm currently paying off 2 x Spector basses and 1 x Gibson SG bass) and I had to leave the instrument at the store, but it has given me the desire to save for a genuine German Hofner.
I don't know if anyone is currently distributing the German instruments here, but they'd be a very expensive if you picked one up new. 2nd hand they tend to be in the AU$2500 - $3000.00 range, depending on the motivation level of the seller (I let a beauty slip through my hands recently - the seller wanted AU$2400.00). If you can get one overseas, then do so - I'm pretty darned sure you will not regret it.
Alternatively, you can pick up a Chinese Hofner for around AU$650 including HSC. Considering that a Chinese Eastwood hollowboy would cost you more than twice that if you imported one, then they are exceptional value for such an iconic instrument.