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Junior
Username: count

Post Number: 11
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:02 pm:   Edit Post

Just purchased my long-time dreambass. Uploading some pictures they sent me from the shop now, and after Tiran has signed it (yes, I'm actually buying it FROM him) I will upload some pics of that as well. I'm gonna have him sign the back of the headstock, and give it a nice very light clearcoat to protect it.
BTW, what paint was used on these old Alembics? So I don't mess the whole thing up with chemical mayhem caused by incompatible paint.
Comments are welcomed! And even though Tiran is going to plot down the bass whole history as far as he remembers it I also appreciate any info you guys can give me.




[edited for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on October 12, 2011)
adriaan
Moderator
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2873
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:17 pm:   Edit Post

Way to go, Nicolai! That is truly a piece of history, and some serious mojo happening there.

Now the 64,000 dollar question - where's the other strap pin?
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2094
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:26 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful Bass . I remember these from the early days. I could speculate that the finish might be perhaps an oil finish but I could be wrong. I would wait to hear a proprietary response from Mica about compatibility regarding synthetic clear coat finish . Perhaps a signature on the brass plate would be possible. Congratulations.
count
Junior
Username: count

Post Number: 12
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 3:18 pm:   Edit Post

I'm curious to find that out myself!
From what I've found on youtube it used to be on the horn. Will report on this as it arrives though. It's on it's way over the atlantic. Traveling first class of course.. In an anvil flight case, hehe..
Here's a youtube clip of Tiran playing it live:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG3qPn8xLrE
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10398
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 6:33 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats!!! Wonderful bass!
bassfingers
Advanced Member
Username: bassfingers

Post Number: 307
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post

Mazeltov!!.
count
Junior
Username: count

Post Number: 18
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post

Signed headstock:
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1594
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

Nicolai, What a beautiful bass! Play it Healthy! Art

ps: I took care of the duplicate thread for you.
count
Junior
Username: count

Post Number: 19
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 1:10 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Art.
And I assure you it's going to an active and secure home. ;)
dela217
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 1091
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post

If I were to guess the range of the serial number on this instrument I would think it would be in the range of 73-44 through 73-48.

Or it may not have a number at all!
room037
Senior Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 423
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Hi Michael,

I'm also thinking about serial No.
My guess is 73-44 to 46.
I wrote on Serial Number / History Requests
73-47 is SSB, 74-48 is SSG.

Eiji
count
Junior
Username: count

Post Number: 21
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

Answered your post in the other thread Eiji. Thanks! Curious about this archive of yours.. ;)

By SSB/SSG you mean small standard right?
room037
Senior Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 424
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 4:23 pm:   Edit Post

SSB is Short Scale Bass, SSG is Short Scale Guitar.

I pointed out about Alembic logo.
Oldest logos are unknown, I only know 72-01 has no logo ?, 72-02 has shell inlaied cloud.
Older inlay logo as folating A : "A" is floating in the circle. (72-10 to 73-43 on my archives)
Newer inlay logo as gripped A : a hand grips "A" with circle. (73-47 to 74-52)
Then the gripped A logo was mounted on a head veneer. (74-53 to 77-720 or 744 ?)
Current logo is detailed cast silver inlay (77-755 to now)

This bass has gripped A inlay logo.
So only 3 basses (73-44, 45, 46) are match in this case.

Eiji
tmoney61092
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 741
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 4:35 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like this baby has mellow filters(if those are in fact 2 extra switches) very nice bass though!

~Taylor
pace
Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 781
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 5:01 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats, Count!!!

This bass has some serious mojo, and it's good to know that it's going to a good home.

Taylor, the mellow filters didn't come about until a couple of years after this bass was built. This bass has the PF-5 preamp card, whereas the trim pots are mounted on the front of the bass. The PF-6 card is mounted on the rear brass plate, and had four holes to access the trim pots and HX inductors.
dela217
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 1092
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

The bass does not have mellow filters. What you are looking at are volume trim pots. Those are screwdriver set trim pots that are usually found on the rear of Series 1 basses with PF6 electronics. This bass has PF5 electronics which has those controls mounted on the front.

From what I understand the last bass with PF5 electronics is bass 73-47.
count
Junior
Username: count

Post Number: 23
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 10:19 am:   Edit Post

I've wondered a loong time what is actually the difference between the PF5 and PF6?

And btw; mellow filters..?
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 330
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 6:28 pm:   Edit Post

Fantastic. Play it well!

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