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slugbass
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Post Number: 11
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post

Here's a picture of The Ox from 1978, taken from "The Kids Are Alright". Incidentally, this was the last time that The Who played with Keith Moon.

theox
goooge
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Post Number: 64
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:10 pm:   Edit Post

here are some photos from the sosby's auction-check it out-in addition to these alembics John had some sweet axes!

(Message edited by goooge on April 23, 2003)
goooge
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Post Number: 65
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:15 pm:   Edit Post

an alembic V
goooge
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Post Number: 66
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:17 pm:   Edit Post

dig the bigsby!
goooge
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Post Number: 67
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:19 pm:   Edit Post

scorpion
goooge
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Post Number: 68
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post

and another
goooge
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Post Number: 69
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:23 pm:   Edit Post

this looks to be the one slugbass posted up top
goooge
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Post Number: 70
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:26 pm:   Edit Post

an eight
goooge
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Post Number: 71
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post

and a five
slugbass
Junior
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Post Number: 12
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 8:42 am:   Edit Post

The Spoiler Exploiter that Entwistle played was the reason that I wanted to get an Alembic in the first place. I finally had a chance to put the bass through its paces the other day with a band rehearsal, as opposed to just playing at home at low volume, or through headphones. To say that I was overwhelmed is an understatement. First of all, my drummer and guitarist were just BLOWN AWAY be the sheer physical beauty of the instrument. And then I plugged it in. We couldn't get over the beautiful, beatiful tone. It's everything. It's punchy, rumbly, bassy, has a crisp, clean high end that doesn't saw your head off. Wonderful sustain and attack. Just an awesome instrument. I usually record our rehearsals on a digital 16-track I have, so I'm able to isolate the instruments in mixing a little better. In listening to our rehearsal in the subsequent days, I'm still blown away. I find myself going "Is this actually my tone? This is the sound I've been searching for for years!" My bandmates have the same reaction. I really can't imagine buying anything BUT Alembics in the future...they're ADDICTIVE!
keebler
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Post Number: 17
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 3:16 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah! That's the exact reaction I had when I got my Alembic. It still makes me smile every time I go to plug it in. . .
slugbass
Junior
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Post Number: 13
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 4:45 pm:   Edit Post

I smile just looking at it. I've been smiling A LOT the past month or so...
811952
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Post Number: 52
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 8:11 am:   Edit Post

So, I'm assuming the 8-string above is the one he bought from Greg Lake? Also, if I'm not mistaken (I probably am), the zebrawood 4-string was JE's first Alembic. I also recall seeing a picture of him playing it onstage, probably in a thread here somewhere..
John
senmen
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Post Number: 192
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 10:42 am:   Edit Post

John,
yes the 8string is the one he had purchased from Greg Lake and was the particular one with the pirate motif inlays. This particular one was auctioned at Sotheby´s in the JE auction last year for GBP 10800. Yes, the Zebrawood was his first and then main stage bass and was also sold last year for GBP 13200. John also had another Series I bass with a bird´s eye maple top which was auctioned at Sotheby´s on April 7th 1988.
It is a little strange as it had a Kahler tremolo bass bridge installed. To my knowledge is this particular bass now located at the Rock´n Roll Hall of Fame.

Many greetins
Oliver (Spyderman)
senmen
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Post Number: 193
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post

By the way,
in a previous post in this thread someone wrote that the Spyder with the pointed peghead pictured on top (the KAO excerpt)is the same that was auctioned last year at Sotheby´s. This is wrong.
The Spyder he played in the film (during the Shepherd´s Bush gig) is the then main Spyder by John and was also THE one that failed at the Live Aid gig. This, at first main used Spyder, is now located at the Hard Rock Cafe in Berlin/Germany.

Oliver
811952
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Post Number: 54
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 6:45 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Oliver. You're an encyclopedia of Entwistle and Alembics. It is extremely sad to me to see his massive collection split up and sold off, but I guess that's how it goes..
John
senmen
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Post Number: 195
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 3:15 am:   Edit Post

John,
thanks for your kind words.
And yes that point also saddens me that much.
I know that some of his best instruments went into collections or were owned by the HRC and are
now only displayed. OK, this might be fun but my biggest dream is ever have the chance to get one of his original instruments to play them and to keep the spirit alive....

Take care
Oliver (Spyderman)
bigbadbill
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Post Number: 51
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 7:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi Oliver

I too agree that its saddening to see this wonderful collection broken up. I just hope enough were bought by real JE fans and not just "collectors". The Ox was also a huge influence on me(albeit initially indirect as I came to him via Chris Squire)and I'm so glad I got to see him a couple of times. Maybe with luck one day one of his instruments will make it into your hands (I'll keep my fingers crossed); I think anyone who is as big a fan as you obviously are deserves it!

All the best
Shaun
senmen
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Post Number: 196
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post

Shaun,
many thanks for your kind words.
It is really good to hear this and I hope
that I really have a chance one day without
paying horrible sums to a collector.
Below plse find a photo of the Sotheby´s auction.
Unfortunately this is not me; photo courtesy of Billy Agner.

Oliver (Spyderman)

Spyder at Sotheby´s
bigbadbill
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Post Number: 52
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 8:03 am:   Edit Post

Maybe one day it will be you Oliver, maybe one day....

All the best
Shaun
willie
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 1:24 pm:   Edit Post

thanks for the photo at top. it makes a great background for my computer. it was the picture inside the Kids Are Alright album that sent me on a mission to find and get one of those basses. i finally had something to take to the music stores and show them and say i have to have one of these basses. be fore that i would go to the stores and tell them i wanted the kind of bass John Entwistle played but none of them seemed to know.I had one made in 1983 and played it till trading it to get a Stanley Clarke bass made because the Europa i got in 1995 was impossible to put down and i didn't want the exploiter just sitting around. that was before john died and now i wish i still had it. but the stanley clarke gives me more options sound wise because its tuned as a tenor bass. i learned one lesson though, never let an alembic get away
ox_junior
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Username: ox_junior

Post Number: 238
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 5:15 pm:   Edit Post

Speaking of the picture at the top....

I like to call this picture "Father and Son"....

Enjoy.


lbpesq
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Post Number: 442
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 7:36 am:   Edit Post

Does Cat Stevens know? (nyuk, nyuk)

Bill, tgo
lbpesq
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Post Number: 443
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post

Hey Mike:

Is that your group listed on Craigslist for a show this weekend in S.F.?

Bill, tgo
s_wood
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Post Number: 148
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 5:28 pm:   Edit Post

I found this grainy but very rare shot of JE and his Exploiter taken in Toronto in 1976.

Why is it rare? The Ox is smiling!

http://www.thewho.org/photos/toronto2.jpg
senmen
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Username: senmen

Post Number: 455
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post

Steve,
many thanks for the link to this great photo.
I haven´t seen this before and I have seen many....

Many greetings
Oliver (Spyderman)
ed_r
Junior
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Post Number: 25
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 5:51 am:   Edit Post

COuld it be the rum and coke?
s_wood
Intermediate Member
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Post Number: 193
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 6:22 am:   Edit Post

Here's a entire web page devoted to pictures of The Ox and his Alembics. Cool stuff!

http://www.geocities.com/viciousinterlude/alembicbass.html
nanookanono
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 1:24 am:   Edit Post

I see a good picture of John playing the SC S1 (tremolo) by Barry Plummer. This is in the "Rock bass manual" by Hugh Hopper page 37.

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