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Username: bottomdweller

Post Number: 2
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 5:49 pm:   Edit Post

I'll try to make this short. In 1994 went to a music store in Winston-Salem, N.C.. New Alembics had just come in. An Essence caught my I and an employee let me go for a test drive. About 30 seconds into it the phone rang then the employee rushed over, took the bass out of my hands and said it has just been sold. Fast foward to the summer of 2004. While again cruising in W.S. I stopped in a pawn shop to see a beautiful but unpolished flamed koa top Alembic Essence hanging at the back of the store. Didn't have the cash $999.00 at that time. Came back a month later and it was still there but on layaway. I told the sales lady that the person would never pick up the bass. She looked at me like I was a fool!! She ask me how I knew. I asked her to tell me the last day before the bass would go back on the floor. She said on a Friday. I told her I would be back Saturday afternoon to pick up my bass. I went out and bought new Alembic strings. Came back that Saturday eve. and the sales lady said the guy never came back. It's yours!! Called Alembic to run the numbers, it was never registered or claimed stolen and was sent to a music store in W.S. in 1994. That is when I realized it was the same bass that was snatched out of my hands ten years earlier. I polished it up and what you see on Sennys' post is the result. Cost then... 2100.00 Cost to be made now... over 3300.00. By the way that music store went out of business a few years later. Yes Dave that is a flamed koa top! Serial# 94K8332
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Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1034
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 6:06 pm:   Edit Post

What a great story! Welcome to the club William. I did see the photos in the other thread, very nice indeed.

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Username: lowlife

Post Number: 232
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

William, welcome to the club; great story.

Ellery (Lowlife)
Username: bottomdweller

Post Number: 3
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 5:21 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for viewing guys! Sometimes you have to wait a loooooong time for your first Alembic. A wait well worth it! Here's a note: Look at the photo of the F1-X. Notice anything different? I moved the on off switch to the front right. I got this phobia about reaching around the back of electronic devices.

(Message edited by Bottomdweller on July 18, 2006)
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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 677
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 7:22 pm:   Edit Post

William, cool story. Welcome to the club.
Username: mtnst8

Post Number: 3
Registered: 8-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 1:57 pm:   Edit Post

Hah! That's a great story. So by waiting 10 years you saved $1,101. Or $2,301 depending on how you look at it! Thanks for sharing. If you paid only $999 at the pawn shop, I hate to think what the poor soul who pawned it got for it.

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