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krystoof
Junior
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 15
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post

Hi, everybody!
Here are a few pictures of my new bass. Man, a dream came true!!!
The sound is so incredible, and seems so reliable, since I've been playing two very long gigs this week-end ( 2x6 hours) and my bass was still sounding so clear and sharp and powerful!!! I think it's the new word I should say for an instrument : SO-LID !!!! I've been playing the bass for almost 25 years, and it's the first time I have this sensation : completely trusting the instrument, and that's really wonderful! Just wanted to say that and say a big "merci" to all the people at Alembic, and also to the musician I bought this bass, Nicolas ( aka Nikobask), such a nice person!!!

alembic toute
tÍte
alembic dos

(Message edited by davehouck on February 17, 2009)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7585
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 1:50 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats!! Beautiful bass!!
funkyjazzjunky
Advanced Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 348
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 2:04 pm:   Edit Post

Chocolate heaven

I love that Walnut top and back
pierreyves
Advanced Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 364
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 3:09 pm:   Edit Post

waaaaw !!! JUST and with ONE word:
wonderful bass, la plus belle MK 5 que je connaisse!!
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1012
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:22 pm:   Edit Post

I love the looks of your bass too. Enjoy it for years...
:-)
Mike
eligilam
Intermediate Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 154
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 7:01 pm:   Edit Post

I've never really been a huge MK fan...but this specimen is changing my attitude. The shape seems to fit better with at least 5 strings. And, walnut is always a nice touch. Congrats.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2122
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 4:23 am:   Edit Post

Will. This looks to be a 'balance point' body so somewhere between the 'standard point' body that the Mk is usually seen in, and the newer 'Balance K' that is starting to take over - especially where Bass central is concerned. I really like my Balance K and feel the standard point would be too big for me. My next bass will probably be a walnut balance point like Cristophe's beautiful example on this thread.

Graeme
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2099
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 4:32 am:   Edit Post

Graeme - not to put too fine a "point" upon it, but this would be a Balance Omega. And a mouthwateringly gorgeous one at that!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2123
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 4:36 am:   Edit Post

True enough Adriaan. And you're right of course; it is mouthwateringly gorgeous ;-)

Graeme
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2100
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 4:51 am:   Edit Post

I must say it's very, very close to what I've been dreaming about for a 6 string.
eligilam
Intermediate Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 155
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 7:13 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the clarification, guys. However it's "genotyped," this particular combo of shape and string number is awesome, and now one of my favorites...cheers!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5890
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 8:51 am:   Edit Post

Note that the "Balance Point" family (including the Omega variation) are actually larger than the "Standard Point" family of bodies.
malthumb
Senior Member
Username: malthumb

Post Number: 451
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for that clarification Mica. I thought I was seeing things. My Series I and Series II are "big boys" but as I was looking at the picture at the top of the page, I was wondering if the picture had been stretched a bit width-wise or if I needed new contacts. Krystoof's bass is a bit wider than my 5-string point body.

And I don't need to change my contacts.

Peace,

James
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2125
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 - 12:46 am:   Edit Post

That's interesting Mica. looks like I've been taken in by the optical illusion as I've always thought the Balance point had the same width body as the standard; just narrower across the horns.

Graeme
krystoof
Junior
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 16
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 8:19 am:   Edit Post

Thank you for all your messages and your interrogations, answers ( thx, Mica ;-)), but I just can say the bass picture has not been stretched or whatever. She is a "big boy", Malthumb, actually!!!
And with a "big boy" sound, man!!!! That's huge! Everyday, I'm so surprised by the quality of this sound...
Have a good day!
All the bass't
Xtof
krystoof
Junior
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 33
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post

Hi, folks - Bonjour, les amis!
Just a little word, passing by, to say that my bass is reaaaaaaaally fantastic! I've been playing many gigs with it, and the sound is still so wonderful, fat and clear, and .... Everything, I guess... :-))))
I play with a cover band ( un orchestre de bal), with very long gigs ( 4 hours non-stop playing), and everything is perfect! I just have to check the tuning, since I play with a pick, and I "attack" the strings a little roughly sometimes, but, man, such a sound!!! Such a reliability!! It is so enjoyable to know that your instrument won't let you down...
My bassist dreams come true! :-))))))
Xtof
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8515
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 3:41 pm:   Edit Post

Nice update Christophe!
bigyouth
Intermediate Member
Username: bigyouth

Post Number: 169
Registered: 7-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 3:36 am:   Edit Post

Superbe,
elle est vraiment magnifique
krystoof
Member
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 71
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 - 2:51 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, folks, again!
You guys are going to say that I'm repeating myself, but the point is that I'm more and more happy, and proud, and totally satisfied, ...and whatever you want, about my MK signature...
I just bought a new amplifier system, Aguilar (Alain "Dubal"'s rig), and man ,what a sound!!! They're completely matching, since the combination bass/amp sounds like I've never heard anything like that... Even in big concerts, the quality of the bass sound is not that.... perfect!
Also, something really amazing, about strings, I have changed them and put Elixir in april, and I have been playing many many many long gigs (4-5 hours, sometimes longer), and they still sound so clear!!! It's unbelievable!
There is something else I'd like to know : about the serial number of my bass. I noticed that most of the Mark King Signatures had the capitals -MK- in the serial number, but mine has -MJ-. Can anybody tell me about it?
Thanks for reading, and happy new year, fellows!!!
Xtof
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2550
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 - 1:14 am:   Edit Post

Christophe, according to the main site, MK signifies a signature deluxe and MJ a signature standard. Looking at your bass, it has many of the deluxe features, - Purpleheart neck laminates, rear body laminate and brass backplate so it should probably have been labelled as 'MK'. I can only assume that it was originally ordered as a signature standard and the owner specified some 'deluxe' extras.

Graeme
poor_nigel
Junior
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 43
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 9:10 pm:   Edit Post

That is a great bass, Christophe. I really like the Hipshot tuners on it. I am curious if they fit into the existing Gotoh holes, or did the holes need to be enlarged to fit the tuners? I know Hipshots require a larger mounting hole than Schallers do, and I know Gotoh's require a larger hole, also. But are the two compatible to each other?
tubeperson
Intermediate Member
Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 112
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 8:03 am:   Edit Post

Walnut is just like awesome comfort food. BTW repeat yourself, there are lots of other members who talk way too much about matters unrelated to Alembic. Yoiu can have your 15 minutes with pride. I love my Mark King deluxe as well, but you will get a Series bug that will totally consume you. Believe me I know from personal experience
badaxe24
New
Username: badaxe24

Post Number: 7
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 10:41 am:   Edit Post

That's really a beauty !!!

Best regards from Munich
Bernhard
oddmetersam
Member
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 86
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 2:04 pm:   Edit Post

Christophe,
Your bass is exquisite and it's OK to be totally in love and wax poetic. Your body shape is "phat" and I've been drooling over your bass ever since you first posted! Aside from the number of strings affecting the visual perception of width, I think the scale length has a profound effect, also. My MK Sig Dlx 5 string looks fairly wide if you only focus on the body, but when you take in the whole 35" scale she seems practically svelte.

The only downside to the "drool factor"? I've had to extend my usual practice regimen to allow for the extra time I spend just gawking at my bass in the case or on her stand. Seriously.

I'm an Aguilar fan, too, and have two single-12" GS112's that I used to stack, but now run them side by side on the floor so that they both couple equally with the ground and I can set both tweeters the same way (which for me means turned WAY down).

Anyway, congrats on a beautiful instrument!
-Sam
charles_holmes
Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 61
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 7:13 pm:   Edit Post

Most excellent!
Welcome aboard!
I want one in a Series I or II
pierreyves
Senior Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 685
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 8:17 pm:   Edit Post

hehehehe.... you can listen to Krystoof solo....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_CQtlgwlMc&feature=related
:-) :-)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9627
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post

Nice solo! Interesting band.
krystoof
Member
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 97
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 - 3:33 am:   Edit Post

Pierre-Yves, you rascal you!!! :-)
Thanks for posting the link, continent-mate...
Dave, this gig was for my wedding, and it's been a BIG jam session in the end. It was lots of fun!!!
Just wanted to show my gear now. I'm proud and so happy with all this stuff!!!



Fantastic bass for a huuuuge sound in the place!!! :-)
wishbass
Advanced Member
Username: wishbass

Post Number: 296
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 2:15 pm:   Edit Post

Loove this beauty!

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