Re: Bad time GAS attack!/ Alembic

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Posted by Pat Harrington on May 28, 2001 at 18:43:09:

In Reply to: Bad time GAS attack! posted by Tim Schnautz on May 28, 2001 at 12:19:06:

: I am pleased to announce thatlast Saturday, I made the purchase of a 1977 Alembic "Series 1" ser. #7761.

: This bass has all the beauty that you would expect from an Alembic. Excellent craftsmanship, and also the natural "Gothic" look.
: the body is made of:

: Top: Schedua
: Back: Schedua
: Core: Cherry
: Neck: Maple/Amaranth/Beech
: Fingerboard: Partridgewood
: Veneers: Zebrawood

: This is a complete package, and I got ALL the stuff!

: Origional power box an cords.
: Tuners: Shaller
: Inlays: Mother of Pearl
: Scale Length: 32"
: Alembic Electronics:
: PF6101 #666 (I HATE that number!)
: PF 6102 #628
: DS 5 # 641

: All written on a spec. sheet signed by:

: Rick Turner, Voldemars Redins, James Verhoef,
: Ron Wickersham, Mark Johnson, Chet Connick,
: Frank Fuller, Larry Robinson,Michael Dolan,
: Hobart Jacopeti,

: March 23, 1977

: What a day!!!

: Tim

>>>>>>>> Cool, Tim....
I hope you're happier with yours than I ended up being with
mine. I got bit by the Alembic bug back in 89 or so, I bought
an "Anniversary" model, Walnut body core with layers of
"hippy sandwich" woods, omega cut body, S2 electronics,
(although without hum canceller dummy p/u) & All the Alembic
hardware features and ENORMOUS hardshell case. The bass was
beautiful to hold and behold, weighed a TON, and because it
was long scale and had a very short upper horn, was VERY
uncomfortable to play below the 5th fret. I absolutely could
not play that bass live for any extent of time, it was a
crippler. The sound was dark, thuddy, and lifeless, it's
sophisticated e.q circuit just magnifying that sound even further.
This bass seemed to get most of it's sound from it's electronics,
which was a popular theme among luthiers of the time. I learned
a valuable lesson, luckily I broke even when I sold it, the bass
ended up in the hands of a professional bassist in Argentina.
I often think of that bass, remembering the fleeting joy it
gave me (albeit for a brief period of time), but knowing that
in the end, it wasn't for me. It reminded me of some of the
women that came & went from my life! A brief period of passion,
but knowing that the relationship just wasn't going to work out..
Oh well, all part of life. Live & learn. Even with a bass!!

>>> Good luck.
Pat H

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