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Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post

I can't believe it took me so long to find the Club!

After dreaming of Alembics from the first time I saw a picture of Jack Casady playing the first all-Alembic bass (in a '72 or '73 Crawdaddy magazine) I had wanted one, and in May 1999 finally bought my first (and sadly, still only) Alembic - a new Stanley Sig Standard - on sale at a local Guitar Center.

I only played it sporadically for quite a while because it was so incredibly sensitive that my Fender Jazz based technique was too sloppy. Word to anyone interested in the Greatest Basses In the World - if your technique isn't up to snuff, an Alembic will tell you in a BIG hurry. After a while I figured out that you simply don't have to fret an Alembic as hard as other basses. They respond far better to a soft touch than to manhandling. Lotsa practice went into being a good enough player for my bass.

Amplifier is a 1970 Hiwatt Custom 100 DR103 (Alembics LOVE high quality tube amps!) with a couple sturdy homebrew cabinets with top o'the line E-V 15s. Not quite enough top end extension to get the most out of an Alembic, but excellent low end pop and extension. Well, if my latest project gets going it will be time to upgrade speaker cabs and start saving for the custom of my dreams.

Seven years of ownership have given me a different perspective about what makes Alembics so special. It's not merely that they are beautiful objects. I'd want to own one for the aesthetic pleasure it brings me in looking at it. They are also supreme tools for musical expression. One does not so much own an Alembic as act as a temporary custodian and guardian. An Alembic bass is a marvelous fusion of the thoroughly practical and the artistically magnificent, rather like a Faberge egg that can be put to a useful purpose. Mainly, one learns to appreciate the love and care that goes in to each Alembic. Susan, Mica and the gang are entrusting us with something very special, and it takes a while to learn to feel it.

Anyway it's always great to find an enclave of like-minded fanatics!


Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 737
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

Welcome, Paul. Glad you found us.
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 848
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 6:39 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club Paul, good to have you on board. Have you registered your instrument with the mothership?

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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 781
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 6:54 am:   Edit Post

Welcome Paul. I was in a similar situation when I got my first Alembic. My "jazz fingers" needed to be cleaned up. A LOT
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 416
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 8:23 am:   Edit Post

Welcome, Paul. Good to have you here!
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1681
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post


Welcome from the melodic wing of the club. You are absolutely right that Alembics make you tighten up your technique. But it sure is a fun and worthwhile process.

Bill, the guitar one
Username: keurosix

Post Number: 94
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 7:47 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome Paul.
I agree that Alembics require a fine touch. Yet, after playing them for so long, I realize that my playing has improved too, and I can realize greater potential as a musician. It's so much easier to get the sound from my head out to the guitar with Alembic.
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 520
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post


Welcome. I also find the sound of my Alembic and DR103 to be unparalleled.



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