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poor_nigel
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Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 222
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 4:36 pm:   Edit Post

Post in News and Announcements says there is a price increase as of December 1st, 2011. December is almost over. The Quote Generator does not reflect a price increase for any of the models I checked out. Was the increase put off till a future date, or does the generator need updating?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7557
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 5:24 pm:   Edit Post

Both!

We put it off until January 3rd. The special this month talks about it. I shoulda posted some news more prominently.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2660
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post

Sigh, :-( my dream of commissioning a custom series bass is moving further and further away with each price increase.

I suppose in time I will just have to find a used custom that is closest to my specification for a custom bass.

Jazzyvee
poor_nigel
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Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 223
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 5:25 am:   Edit Post

Well, now would be a very good time to check with Beaver at Bass Central and see just what kind of discount you can get from him at Bass Central. Might be more significant than you think. Get yer features down pat you must have, and work out which monthly special with the folks at Alembic would provide the best further discount, and finance it before the prices jump another 10% or so by the 3rd of January (Being such an old, faithful member here, they may cut you a week or so extra time on getting it all together). To get exactly want you want, made exclusively for you has always come with a premium price, but right now is the best time to begin the journey, if the jouney is to be started within a year or two.

Otherwise, you may have to settle for some old run-of-the-mill, ebonied-neck Europa floating around I hear you have firsties on for less than a third what 'exclusively made for you' would run ya. Door number one is a door to be entered by the confident and adventurous player, secure in knowing they will keep the finished prize in a very long-term situation. While door number two ain't so bad, and can provide 90% of the buzz of door one at a fraction of the price, and no where near the loss if it just does not work out for you later. No one said life is easy or fair, it ain't. Think hard, anti up, and deal with the cards that show up in your hand. May not be easy or fair, but life's adventures sure are addictive, and the rewards for bravery can be unlimited.

Thirty-one years ago I antied up, lost the round, only to pick the game back up on eBay earlier this year. Bad times came back then, but I am surely glad I played the hand I did. I once again have something made exclusively for me, and that is close to priceless to me. If I were a younger man, I know I would do it again, unless door number two had something very, very close to just what I wanted. Hey, who is rambling on drugs here??? I'll shut up now.
poor_nigel
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Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 224
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 5:36 am:   Edit Post

BTW - Historically, when the prices for new Alembics jump up, so do the prices for used ones. Right after the last two jumps, prices on eBay saw some impressive spikes that took quite a while to settle back down to what would be 'normal increases' one would expect for used Alembic models. So a few of those basses that have been hanging round there for what seems forever, may actually find buyers in a month or two. Glad I am not currently in the market. OK, this time I WILL shut up . . .
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2661
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 1:59 pm:   Edit Post

I was thinking of this very "old run-of-the-mill, ebonied-neck Europa" just this week and had another look at it in the custom archive.

I have a plans being drawn up to do some remodelling of my home this year so funds for brand new custom bass purchases are really out of the picture for the foreseeable future. The other thing is that buying a new custom from the USA would incur heavier import taxes than a used instrument due to the valuation.

So that means I would be restricted to a buy one and sell one scenario unless I start getting more gigs.

One of the members here has firsties on my Black Elan so if you decide to part with it and we get a deal sorted out sometime, that Elan will more than likely have to go. :-(


What a thought to start the new year with.... a new Alembic :-)
jazzyvee
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7576
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 7:07 pm:   Edit Post

Well, I didn't get the prices revised yet, so there is another reprieve while I get my act together here. This is one time that I'm sure nobody is upset that I'm late on a project :-) but once the new prices are posted, they will be in effect.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2669
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 9:10 pm:   Edit Post

Great my "keep Mica busy on the phone instead of posting the prices increase distraction tactic" worked...... :-)

It's someone else's turn tomorrow..

Hang on.... that international call was about the cost of the price increase....

Thanks again Mica.... Oh, I'm sure it's not the first time you have heard this but I will say it publicly here... you do have a great accent. :-)


jazzyvee
poor_nigel
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Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 225
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 10:40 pm:   Edit Post

Huh? Mica has an accent? I have talked to Mica on the phone before. What accent? Must be that transatlantic cable playing around again. What? They scraped that when? So, Mica really does have an accent? No way!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2233
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 11:29 pm:   Edit Post

LOL ___ all is relative to the perspective of the perceiver. The English language after all is the Mother Language or Root Language of our American Dialect . There was no American language other then Native North American languages in North America in the Medieval Age however there sure enough was English in England . Therefore perhaps American English could be perceived to be a dialect or accent of the British English that existed in England long before American English slowly developed. Therefore perhaps I can surmise that all us Americans over here on this side of the pond have accents , me included, since I mostly lost my German accent long ago but still "trip and fall" over my own words with my strange sentence structure in English ( German was my first language) _______ ! LOL AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!

A porter in a British hotel comes upon an American tourist impatiently jabbing at the button for the lift.
"Sir, the lift will be here in a moment."
"Lift? Lift?" replies the American. "Oh, you mean the elevator."
"No sir, here we call it a lift."
"Well, as it was invented in the United States, itís called an elevator."
"Yes sir, but as the language was invented here, itís called a lift."


(Message edited by sonicus on January 03, 2012)
poor_nigel
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Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 226
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 1:57 am:   Edit Post

Ain't nobody in California gots a accent, cept for those Bakersfield boyz and strange little girls from the valley. Either of those groups will talk circles around ya, yap, yap, yap.

I assume Jazzyvee was keeping Mica busy on the phone discussing that "old run-of-the-mill, ebonied-neck Europa." Far as I am concerned done deal has been called on this bass and it will shortly be in the custodianship of Mr. Vee. No one has admired this bass more than I have, except Jazzyvee (Maybe Steve Wood, but he has basses that make me drool!), so Jazzyvee deserves to become its caretaker as soon as he shows up to collect it. I am very 'jazzed' it is going to such an appreciative owner. May you two provide decades of visual and aural pleasure to those around you. And I trust no one more on this planet with any kind of trust issues more than Mica, so I am a happy camper here. I will probably cry when I drop the package of extra thick ebony neck lams off at the UPS in Paradise. I know I will never see another set of those or have the deep thrill of playing such a neck again.
byoung
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 1322
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 12:08 pm:   Edit Post

Two countries, separated by a common language.

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