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Posted by Scott Jamar (126.96.36.199) on November 29, 2003 at 14:37:40:
In Reply to: Re: Lucky Alembic Deal! posted by igl on May 22, 2003 at 18:03:37:
I've owned one of the Fernandez Series 1 copies since 1980. Plays and sounds just like the original. I think I paid $1100 new. I have contacted Fernandez on several occasions to ask for more info, but they refuse to reply. Anyone have any additional info on this one?
Only thing I've had to do is rebuild the cable from the bass to the power supply (5pin XLR type) other than that, its still a funk monster! Using it in my new band...
Does anyone know how many of these were made?
: : Man!!!
: : Well, I'm a 16-year old bassist who is freakin' lucky!
: : I had been looking for a good bass so I could get rid of my old Squire. So to make a long story short I found an used '78 Alembic Series 1 for $850! I played the thing, it blew me away, (as I expected). I had never seen an Alembic besides pictures, much less played one, much less owned one! So i bought it. It even came with the original power supply cord and a custom-fit travel case.
: : Its short scale, persian walnut top and back, neck-thru, 4-string, has zebrawood and albonite peghead veneers, ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl iinlays (ovals), mahogany base, and maple and purpleheart laminates on the body. Blows my mind!
: : If anybody here is considering an Alembic, go for it! Unbelieveable!
: if anybody`s into nice-price-alembics: the japanese fernandes company was founded in the early 80`s by former alembic employees. They started making marvellous alembic copys with original electronics. This was forbidden by alembic`s lawyers only a few months later, so only a few fernandes "alembics" are left. I have 1, with original power supply and case, alembic series II in zebrawood, great!!!! Bought it for 600 euros.... If you are interested, they are called fernandes fab 170 (series one copy) and fab 180 (series two copy) Whatch out for them, they`re nearly as good as originals!!
: good luck
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