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klinkepeter
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Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 1:28 pm:   Edit Post

I bought this beauty 2 month ago and I can say: a dream became real. I just want to get some information about the bass, I believe in the soul of each good instrument and I would be happy to know, who played it before me.
The top of the headstock is stamped with the year, "75", along with the serial # "225". This is the long scale model with the scale measuring about 34 1/4". The exotic wood on top is bubinga. The back is another exotic wood. I do not know what the body is made of. Peter
klinkepeter
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 1:34 pm:   Edit Post

I have no idea, why the pictures didnt come, here a new try.........
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(Message edited by davehouck on February 06, 2008)
tbrannon
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Post Number: 639
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 1:59 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful- looks like a mahogany body and I think that might be a Koa back laminate...

Beautiful bass. Congratulations!
inthelows
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Post Number: 416
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 6:07 pm:   Edit Post

Very sweet and I agree mahogany and Koa. Nice combo. Congrats and enjoy! NLP
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6149
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 7:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Peter; congrats and welcome!

Very nice Alembic!

The scale length is probably 34". We measure from the nut to the 12th fret, then multiply that number by 2.

I see you've posted the serial number in the Serial Number lookup section of the board. Mica will pull the number next time she does a batch and post the details. However, the names of previous owners are kept confidential.

Enjoy!
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1787
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 2:54 am:   Edit Post

Nice one!

The back doesn't look like koa to me (schedua?) and the front doesn't scream "bubinga!" at the top of its lungs either (rosewood? vermillion?). The core looks like mahogany, the neck laminates look like they're not purpleheart but perhaps walnut.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2929
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 7:05 am:   Edit Post

I'm guessing walnut top, maple core (it's hard to tell from the pix), schedua back, beech neck stringers. And definitely a beautiful bass. Enjoy it Peter, and welcome to the club.

Bill, the guitar one
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 445
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 7:39 am:   Edit Post

Back laminate looks definitely like bubinga, almost identical to my MK Signature(see Showcase..Mark King 93)
A nice looking old Alembic, typical of the 70's but really not that much different from the newer ones...a classic design
adriaan
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Post Number: 1790
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 7:49 am:   Edit Post

Terry is of course right - I always think schedua when the wood has a shimmering like that, but this one matches his bubinga MK to a T.
klinkepeter
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Friday, February 08, 2008 - 6:18 am:   Edit Post

thanks for your comments, lets see what mica will say. another question: are there any members / owners from germay and especially from berlin on board? Peter
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6167
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, February 08, 2008 - 4:10 pm:   Edit Post

I believe we have several members living in Germany.

I quick check suggests there are at least 21 members in Germany.

(Message edited by davehouck on February 08, 2008)
speicky
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Username: speicky

Post Number: 257
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Saturday, February 09, 2008 - 3:05 am:   Edit Post

Hello, Peter,

a very warm welcome from Wiesbaden, glad to have you here. There are quite a lot members from Germany here, and I know of a few that are happy owners, but are not registered in the club.

I have seen at least three different eBay auctions for Alembics from private owners in Berlin during the last four years, so... they are right next to you. Watch out !

have fun, Christian
senmen
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Username: senmen

Post Number: 713
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 09, 2008 - 3:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi Peter,
as Christian already said before:
there is a whole bunch of german Alembic users in here.

Many greetings
Oliver (Spyderman)
82daion
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Username: 82daion

Post Number: 128
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 11:26 pm:   Edit Post

A previous owner of this bass and I had an email conversation some time ago, and he sent me some pictures. My guess was that the top was Vermillion or Purpleheart that had faded.

You'll probably find it necessary to move one screw on each pickup so that they are underneath their holes, and diagonal from each other. This way, the pickups can be adjusted effectively.



(Message edited by 82Daion on February 10, 2008)
guitarplayer99
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi All- I owned this bass shortly after it's return from repair in 1976. A very good friend of mine owned the bass before me and had a problem with the electronics. The dealer - Vic Zinn music in Noblesville Indiana - sent it back to Alembic for repair. It had a HUGE pink-ish/ purple-ish Anvil flight case which turned out to be very fortunate when it was stolen from me. It was recovered not because it was an EXTREMELY rare instrument, but because someone noticed the Gawd awful Anvil case!

FYI - I was told the top was indeed Purple Heart and the back was schedua. Take care of it - it has my DNA imbedded in it!
sonicus
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Post Number: 1564
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post

Nice Bass.
guitarplayer99
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Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 1:41 pm:   Edit Post

After posting earlier today I remembered a few more interesting things about the bass. This is the story I was told by Vic Zinn in '76: it was originally owned by Gregg Philbin of REO Speedwagon and used on the "You Get What you Play For" album. Gregg had intermittent electronic issues that the dealer (Vic Zinn) couldn't duplicate so he exchanged it for another he had in stock. It was then purchased by Mark Cawley of the Faith Band in Indianapolis - which is the first time I saw an Alembic and fell in love. Mark began having the same intermittent electronics issues and also struggled with the sheer size of the beast (Mark stands all of about 5' 6" and has small hands) and traded it for a short scale series 1. It was then sent back to Alembic to repair the problem (a bad mini switch if I remember correctly). It was returned to Vic and that's when I purchased it.

If you look at the bridge carefully you'll notice that the bridge feet are not stock. There was a "luthier" in Indy at the time named Wayne Kamp who I took the bass to because I was having problems with string breakage. He claimed the culprit was a "poorly designed" bridge mounting system. His solution: drill out the brass sustain block and enlarge the bridge to accept Ibanez bridge feet from a tune-o-matic type bridge so the bridge wouldn't "wobble" (according to Wayne). What I didn't realize at the time was that he missed the center of the hole when drilling the bridge so the bridge sat more forward on the bass. Look at the saddles: you have to have the low E set almost as far to the rear as it can go for the intonation to be correct. Come to think of it, this might explain the "34.5 inch" measurement when checking the scale. The bass WAS a 35" scale, but after Wayne was finished...

Oh well, at least I learned my lesson about letting someone I didn't really know work on my guitars...
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10062
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 2:42 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Bob, welcome to the board!
guitarplayer99
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Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 4:20 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the welcome, Dave!

Peter, if you're still on the forum; if you ever decide to sell this bass I would definitely be interested in buying it back - even thogh I'm now a guitarist who hasn't picked up a bass in years!

You just never forget your first love. ;-)
klinkepeter
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Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 29
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 7:34 am:   Edit Post

Hi Robert,
Greetings from Germany too, that is really surprising to me to hear from a former owner of my bass. I tried already to send you an e-mail but it comes always back as "mail delivery failed" I dont know why, this happened to me also while mailing to other friends of mine in the US. Maybe you can send me another mailadress or your telephonnumber, I would give you a call.
Also if you want we can skype and then you can see and eventually hear your old baby. Im very curious about the history of the bass. Maybe bad for you but Im not thinking about selling it because Im very happy with everything. You have to know, I was born in the former eastern part of germany and at the age of 16 I got a record from Stanley Clarke (I wanna play for you), this was so inspiring until now ( Im 46) so I was always dreaming about having a bass like this. In the GDR it was almost impossible to get one because they are so expensive.
By the way I bought the bass at e-bay in New Jersey from a dealer who sells basically vintage
instruments, he was very serious and I have same friends there wich were so nice to pick up the instrument.
Anyway, I already made some nice recordings with it ( Im a professionel musician),
if you are interested I can send you one or the other file.
Thank you again for contacting me,
have a nice day.

Peter Inagawa

PS: Are you one of those countrymusicians on a photo the dealer was giving me too as a
picture of a former owner?

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