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hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1219
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 9:38 am:   Edit Post

$12,000 starting price. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Alembic-instrument-73-45-six-string-prototype-guitar-1-of-a-kind-/261424811890?pt=Guitar&hash=item3cde220f72
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5689
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:15 am:   Edit Post

It's been up on eBay for a few weeks now. The price is quite high, IMHO - almost 3x what I paid for #10. It's not a "prototype" as advertised. And, based on the description, the seller knows little about Alembics and doesn't know how the controls work. Proceed at your own risk.

Bill, tgo
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 266
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Bill. From my perspective, the market is better these days, the price of Alembics have gone up, and of course the value of the dollar has gone down a bit. So the guitar bought several years ago, should go for a bit more these days. But $12,000 seems like at least double what I would pay if it was in prime shape, plus I do not know the seller, or much about the guitar being sold. 1/4 to 1/3 of replacement cost seems appropriate for used Alembics, depending on condition and how close it matches just what you are looking for, has always been my simple rule of thumb on old Alembics. Collectability never comes into play, for me, except in cases like Malthumbs old Series I Stanley used to own, and I believe even poses with it on a cover of one of his albums. This is all just my view on these matters. If I really wanted this guitar, I would be prone to go $5,000 to $6,000 on it, but hey, I ain't a guitar player . . .
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1222
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:01 pm:   Edit Post

It also seemed pretty high to me, and like the seller wasn't quite familiar with the specifics. But it's still a treat to see those earlier instruments.

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