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jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1482
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post

Enter the Dragon Magic.
I saw the thread on the forum about Dragon Magic being up for sale and since I was so taken with this guitar since it graced the Featured Custom in 2002 I had to check it out.

It seems amazing that it was only very recently I got down to considering having a custom guitar or bass for my 50th birthday next year using the dragon magic as the starting point for my dream.
So when the guitar came up for sale I became tormented about whether or not I should go for this one since it is very close to what I want or wait till next year and have one made from scratch.

Then looking at the pricing of a new custom based on a series instrument it was clear that the cost would be a limiting factor in the whole idea. Having a new non series instrument would still be a costly exercise especially as I would definitely want coco bolo at least on the top. So it really was a case of "Enter the Dragon" Magic as it is so close to what I want in an Alembic that I guessed it would be fine.

So I rang up Jim at GuitarRez and he told me all about her, I then spoke to Susan at Alembic who was quite enthusiastic about the guitar and wished me all the best with it. I slept on it.... well hardly slept a wink that night. Then woke up in the morning and emailed the store to confirm my wish to buy it.
He then told me that I was almost beaten to the post as another buyer called just after he'd emailed me back to say it was mine.

I got the money over to him this Tuesday and it was posted the same day and amazingly the guitar arrived this morning at 9:35am. The guitar is nothing short of beautiful, the photo's don't even begin to show the quality of it.

I'm happy with the look feel and weight of it. I have not plugged it in yet but when I picked it up and caressed the neck I echoed what Clarkee said on delivery of his Dragons Breath...'this is my neck'

Anyway here are some fast pics but once I get a bit of time at the weekend I will add some more.









In case you want to check out the details of her. Here she is, as described by Alembic.
http://www.alembic.com/info/fc_dragonmagic.html

Yes I know my lawn needs cutting but my excuse is that it's been raining too much lately.....

Anyway I will let you know what she sounds like. I have to find the thread about how to change the psu to 240v instead of 110.
Catch you later
Jazzyvee
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2225
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 7:57 am:   Edit Post

Happy 49th then! What a distinctive beauty.
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 2424
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post

Congrats JV. That is a beautiful instrument. I hope to one day add a Series guitar to my collection too.

Bravo Brother, Bravo,
OO
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2238
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 7:59 am:   Edit Post

Glad she turned up ok Jazzy. I hope you weren't stung too much with the taxes. It's been hard for me keeping my mouth shut about this one, - it's very exciting having an instrument of this standard in the country. Make sure you get some northern gigs so I can see her in person;-)

Graeme
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3843
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 8:13 am:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee:

Congrats! As I described in the thread about the Dragon being on sale, I also feel a connection to this instrument. It's good to know it now resides with someone who can truly appreciate it. So Happy Birthday to you indeed! Now go make some beautiful music together.

Bill, tgo
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1483
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post

Jacko, my friend.... are you sitting comfortably, then I'll begin...
Duty & Vat came to 950.00
I did appeal to the Customs and Excise man on the basis that I objected to my taxes being used to fund MP's Duck pond houses, decorating stables, cleaning swimming pools etc. Although he could understand my situation. He still insisted taxes must be paid. If I was faster thinking. I could have had a weekend in Texas collected it, bought a flight case for it and taken it home myself for less than that.
Anyway for anyone else thinking importing an alembic. He did tell me that, tax paid is based on the valuation declared on the customs forms by the sender. Whether it is new or second hand has no bearing. Even people having antiques will be charged duty.

I dread to think how much the charge would have been if the replacement value was stated on the customs form.

Jazzyvee

(Message edited by jazzyvee on May 22, 2009)
senmen
Senior Member
Username: senmen

Post Number: 868
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post

Jazzy,
congrats to this stunning beauty!!
This is really awesome.

Oliver (Spyderman)
hendixclarke
Senior Member
Username: hendixclarke

Post Number: 725
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 11:27 am:   Edit Post

Daaaaaaaaaaaaam!

She's beautiful. What a Birthday Jazz!

That Dragon on the Series I, Icing on the cake.
This guitar will always live in my heart. Thanks for showing it... H-Bday Jazzy!
chrisalembic
Junior
Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 27
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post

This is such a great looking guitar!! The shape, the wood etc. . again such a complete instrument. I wish you many joyful moments with it.
bracheen
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1459
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post

OMG! That is a gorgeous guitar! Happy Birthday! It's a good year for birthday Alembics :-)
(I use the same excuse for not mowing)

Sam
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 902
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 2:15 pm:   Edit Post

Extremely nice, congrats!

Such a beauty and it seems like it's made to fit your hands, it can't get any better. :-)
artswork99
Senior Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 672
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 5:21 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations Jazzyvee!
Play it Healthy!
Art
57basstra
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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 937
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 6:41 pm:   Edit Post

congratulations and happy playin'!
keurosix
Senior Member
Username: keurosix

Post Number: 409
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 7:47 pm:   Edit Post

Wow Jazzy,
What a stunning beauty!
Play it in good health!
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 574
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 3:44 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1487
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 4:18 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the good wishes guys but It's an early birthday present, my birthday is not till next year.
Jazzyvee
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 755
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 4:29 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful Jazzy!!!
Enjoy her.

George
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 487
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 7:24 am:   Edit Post

It would take a pretty amazing top to make that inlay seem secondary - and this guitar has it! Let us know how she plays, JV.

Peter
karl
Intermediate Member
Username: karl

Post Number: 154
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 7:28 am:   Edit Post

Many congrats, Jazzyvee - that really is one of the most breathtaking guitars I've ever seen! Simply gorgeous - you must be very proud.

Happy birthday!

Karl
hendixclarke
Senior Member
Username: hendixclarke

Post Number: 727
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 8:00 am:   Edit Post

What is the point of living, if you can't fine the smallest twinkle or shadows of hope and inspiration.

This is what this guitar is to me. It is something to behold, forever. That is one of very few prize possessions one thinks about everyday, to remind oneself, just how very blessed you are. Everything you did which lead you to this wonderful relic of purpose, precision, and magnificent beauty has now placed in your hands to create -- continue to be inspired and inspiring to others is the successful road before you.

Jazz, when you shine, WE SHINE!
pauldo
Intermediate Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 132
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 8:20 am:   Edit Post

wowee!
That would make a bassist want to play it. :-)

Absolutely stunning, I bet she sounds as good as she looks.
chalie_holmes
Member
Username: chalie_holmes

Post Number: 59
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 9:59 am:   Edit Post

That is a magnificent masterpiece!
You will no doubt be satisfied of the tones, playability and in your final decision to choose that astounding instrument!
Kudos my musical brother!
Chalie Holmes
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1129
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 1:30 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations Jazzy,
What a fabulous addition, and a very early Happy Birthday to you.
Mike
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 423
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 3:08 pm:   Edit Post

Jazzy that guitar is the twin to stanley's "dragon breath".
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1490
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 6:04 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Keavin, that is exactly what I thought too.

It is quite an amazing instrument visually, yes the dragon is pretty unmissable and although it is not something I would have chosen as an option, it does add to the uniqueness and retro feel of the guitar. I can't see it when I play so I will learn to be less self conscious of it. The workmanship of it is incredible and i think it looks great. Not as in-your face as I feared either.

I still have only had a few pockets of time to play it, but hopefully I will have some more time during the next week to find some tones that I can work with. I'm used to being able to dial in familiar sounds on my strats and Orion pretty quickly and having more tonal options on the dragon will take some time.

It has taken a while to get used to working two filters on my signature bass but with bass I have a tone of reference that I like ( Stanley Clarke). Now I can get whatever tone I want pretty much on-time.

With this guitar as with my orion I have no reference sound at all as I don't know any guitarists ( famous recording artistes) that use alembics that I can listen to to see what tones i can get at all so finding an consistent "ME" sound on there will be quite a challenge especially with so much tonal range to study and decifer and reproduce. Getting used to the two volume controls and no master volume should be interesting change too.

Thanks for all your positive comments on this guitar. I do indeed feel fortunate to own this particular guitar and the fact it was a custom of the month makes it feel that much more unique and personal. Now all I need is to persuade Stanley to sell me that Dragons Breath bass... hahaha


Jazzyvee
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8107
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 8:47 pm:   Edit Post

Wow!! Congrats Jazzyvee; I am very happy for you!!
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 785
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:15 am:   Edit Post

I'd route that thing out for a Floyd Rose!


Simply beautiful. Congrats!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1536
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post

Hmm, I'm not a big wammy bar user even though 3 of my guitars have them on. So I'll pass on that suggestion . :-)

jazzyvee
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1774
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

Here are a few pics from the my two recent gigs using my Alembic Dragon Magic Series I guitar.

With Musical Youth for USA TV One






BBC video Session.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork/livesessions/apacheindian/profile/


Jazzyvee
pierreyves
Senior Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 488
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 2:39 pm:   Edit Post

it's YOURS ??????? my God, the most beautiful grat I never see.... oh la vaaaache !!!!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1775
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah it is mine and it's great. I'm still getting used to the controls and the variety of sound.

Jazzyvee
otis
Intermediate Member
Username: otis

Post Number: 115
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 4:37 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like your bass player needs an Alembic Series I, as well- preferably with a Crown Headstock- then you guys would match! How cool would that be?
I just recently acquired my own Series II (6 String Bass!) Check it out under the Showcase Section, Series II, Otisduo 6 String bass.

I hope you play it for many years in good health!

Peace;)

Frank
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1776
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 3:23 am:   Edit Post

Frank , yes I have seen your 6 stringer. it looks a monster!!! haaha
The bass player is a great player. He often recalls with a smile about the time I let him play my SC Deluxe at a jam session, so he is keenly aware of the Alembic quality and sound.

I know he is happy with his yamaha's to be honest and he gets a great sound from them. I call him Nathan East because he's a great solid bass player and always plays the right thing in the right place, refuses to be a clone of anyone else, and is always smiling.

When I hear him play I never hear anybody else in his playing.

In fact today at sound check was the first time I'd ever seem him do any slapping and I've been in the band with him for 6 years....!!
One day there will be an opportunity for him to try my 5 string Europa and then I will see what he thinks of it.

A six string bass would be a great but personally I don't do all that twiddly stuff up the neck or chords etc so I can't really see much benefit to me in having one.... Of course.... things could change... hahaah


Jazzyvee
toma_hawk01
Advanced Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 344
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 4:54 am:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee,

Those are great musical shots you have with your Dragon Alembic. Man, I think this is BADDEST electric guitar I ever seen in my life hands down.

What a work of pure Art and Science.
mario_farufyno
Advanced Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 364
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 5:03 am:   Edit Post

I wish you the best with your new love, Jazzy. All the Best!

Great to see such jewell will stay around the Club... And doing some great music, too! Apache Indians rulezz, congrats!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2504
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 5:59 am:   Edit Post

Nice pics Jazzy. How many of the original band are still with Musical Youth?
Related to your post 1776, look who you missed at Bass Day yesterday...

nathan

He flew in from LA specially to do Bass day and was flying back last night as he had a session to do. A remarkable performer, he easily had the best sound on the day - yamaha bass through an Aguilar amp. I'll post more pics and a full report in the UK get together thread.

Graeme
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1778
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 7:45 am:   Edit Post

Only Dennis Seaton ( Lead Singer) and Michael Grant ( keyboards) are left from the original band. Sadly the original bass player died a few years ago and the original guitarist and drummer no longer have anything to do with music.

I think someone ought to do a full length documentary about the band. I think it would open many eyes to the inner workings of how the the music business was back then and maybe still now in some respects.
Jazzyvee
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 474
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post

I hear you about the music business. It's a hard one. I'm taking some time off from music to go to law school and even my contracts teacher is amazed at what is (or was) considered standard procedure in the music world. It's a little different now because the record companies don't have the ability to get people to sign onerous contracts because they don't have any money or any good way to recoup. While everyone is making less, I think the end result might actually be better for musicians if we all can weather the general economic downturn. I love the idea that you don't have to go to a record company to make a record!

I'm jealous of your axe, but also your lawn! Here in Colorado, it never grows like that and feels a little decadent to even try to have one.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4171
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post

When I went to law school I took copyright and entertainment law classes from a guy who had been a young lawyer working for a firm in New York in the early 60's. One day, the senior partner came to him and told him they "had a new client they wanted him to handle. It was a musical group from England called the Bootles, or the Bottles, or the Beatles, or something like that." My professor retired at the age of 46, moved to San Francisco, played golf for 6 months, got bored, and wound up representing just about every S.F. era band except the Dead. He had some amazing stories about the music business and the outrageous standard procedures employed therein.

Bill, tgo
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 534
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post

That sounds interesting Bill.
the_jester
Junior
Username: the_jester

Post Number: 47
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee, what color are your LED's on the Dragon?
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1813
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 - 1:44 am:   Edit Post

Hi Jester, the LED's look amber in colour.
Jazzyvee
12stringwilson
Junior
Username: 12stringwilson

Post Number: 50
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 - 6:24 am:   Edit Post

Bill - I sure wish I had a professor like that when I was in law school. Then again....I was more into international taxation and securities reg. which is not nearly as cool as copyright and entertainment law.
12stringwilson
Member
Username: 12stringwilson

Post Number: 51
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 - 6:30 am:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee - that is one sexy guitar. Enjoy.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2527
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 1:51 pm:   Edit Post

Bump
I just found this the featured construction of my Dragon Magic guitar.
http://www.alembic.com/info/featured_construction2.html

Jazzyvee
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 903
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 2:57 am:   Edit Post

You & the Great Stanley clarke posess the only pair of alembic dragons!.....that's special!!!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2531
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post

Is that really the case? I didn't realise the Alembic Dragons are that rare. Our dragons are different , that's for sure but it would be cool to have that connection.


Maybe we should challenge all to show "The Way of the Dragon"

Jazzyvee
toma_hawk01
Advanced Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 399
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post

Does having a basses built in the year of the Dragon count?

2012 is coming!

Peace and Love,

Hal-
toma_hawk01
Advanced Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 400
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:50 am:   Edit Post

Bruce Lee was Born in the year of the Dragon!

1940 (Same goes for my Father...)
1964 (and, Me too...)

Dragons are cool people too...

Peace and Love,

Hal-
toma_hawk01
Senior Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 401
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee

The title of your thread had been my reality
every time I entered any environment...

:-)

Peace and Love,

Hal-
toma_hawk01
Senior Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 402
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:15 pm:   Edit Post

It's a lovely Guitar indeed, and it's my favorite
lead guitar so far Alembic ever made...

I am glad you own it!

Peace and Love,

Hal-
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1019
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

I think that there are a few more dragons out there (no idea how many), but they are certainly something special.

The Dragon's Wing (A Fairy Tale)

[fixed the link]

(Message edited by adriaan on July 25, 2011)
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3819
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post

I had a bit of a photo shoot last summer taking photo's of me with my complete stringed instrument collection in the garden.
This guitar looked good on all the pics so I thought id chose the photo where I look the most relaxed to share with you guys.



Jazzyvee
oddmetersam
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Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 337
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 - 2:39 pm:   Edit Post

Great shot, Jazzyvee! And you're holding her like you'll never let her go. And I don't blame you!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 3478
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 2:04 am:   Edit Post

Cool pic. Love the shirt

graemelk
serialnumber12
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 1061
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

where's the like button???
serialnumber12
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 1062
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

where's the 'like' button???
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1086
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:20 pm:   Edit Post

Great shot of your beautiful guitar Jazzyvee! She looks even better since you mowed your lawn! :-)
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 232
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:34 am:   Edit Post

Killer, killer, killer guitar - the way you're holding it says it all.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4203
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 11:55 pm:   Edit Post

I've Been playing her a lot this week found myself reaching for a whammy bar that isn't there. Hmmmm maybe I need to investigate a skyway.

(Message edited by Jazzyvee on September 05, 2014)
zomnius
Junior
Username: zomnius

Post Number: 22
Registered: 9-2013
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2014 - 9:46 am:   Edit Post

beautiful guitar Jazz!
pierreyves
Senior Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1195
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2014 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

my God... the most beautiful guitar I never seen... trade with my blackwodd ? hehehe
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4206
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2014 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

How much more money extra will you give me for a trade. :-)

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