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sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4021
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:10 pm:   Edit Post

Here is 73-32 ,
A picture is worth a thousand words . I will present these pictures first with words to follow.

73-32 wall of sound spkrs
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4022
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:15 pm:   Edit Post

73-32 wall of sound spkrs back
enzo
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Username: enzo

Post Number: 442
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:17 pm:   Edit Post

Goodness gracious, almost edible! Graham cracker body with caramel center.
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4023
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:21 pm:   Edit Post

73-32 hammered brass plate
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4024
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:23 pm:   Edit Post

73-32 tail piece
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4025
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:29 pm:   Edit Post

73-32 body detail
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4026
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:33 pm:   Edit Post

73-32 logo
edwardofhuncote
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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 285
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:54 pm:   Edit Post

That's a beauty Wolf! Interesting that the neck lams and headstock veneers closely resemble 73-39.
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1574
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:18 pm:   Edit Post

Stunning !
You must be a happy man ;)

I knew I'd seen a similar tailpiece,
http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/84774.html?1282495288

Congrats, she couldn't have a better home.

elwood
moongerm
Intermediate Member
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 151
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:44 pm:   Edit Post

Fantastic Wolf!:Congratulations! I love the Birdseye too.
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4027
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

Gregory , Thanks , I will try to find a pic of 73-39

Elwood , Thanks . Yes , the same tailpiece is also on my Starfire !
What a rare coincidence that another one would cross my path like that !

Brian , Thank you . The maple has a warm glow to it as well in person .
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1485
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:43 pm:   Edit Post

Wowie-zowie!! That's a beaut! Love the classic shape of the horns, the lighter colored pickups, and the unusual tailpiece! So interesting that it's like your Starfire!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4028
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:59 pm:   Edit Post

Harry , Thanks . The " Tailpiece" incident indeed seems to have a certain Magical Alchemic Mystery to it. Perhaps it is in my destiny.
Just like Karma.
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 280
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 5:01 pm:   Edit Post

Excellent! I really like the look of the neck. Those cabinets in the background are cool, too. They should also have a thread of their own!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4029
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 5:09 pm:   Edit Post

Rob , The neck is different then any of my other Bass's but is wonderful . One of these day's I will have an equipment thread and include some of those " note worthy cabinets".
slawie
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Username: slawie

Post Number: 750
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:27 pm:   Edit Post

Perfect match for you sir.
Is that CVQ?
Congrats Wolf.
dead_head
Member
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 78
Registered: 5-2014
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, that's beautiful, Wolf. You keep it in really nice shape. Have you had it since new?
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4031
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post

Slawie ,Thank you ! The CVQ type mod to the PF-5 electronics appears to be functional . The Bass sounds good in most environments except for heavy RF /EMI fields as seems to on par in some cases with PF-5 electronics regarding noise interference. I am planing to bring this Bass to Alembic soon for Mr. Wickersham to examine and advise and do what he thinks would be advantageous for the PF-5 circuit.

Rob /(dead head) I have recently received this instrument .

(Message edited by sonicus on March 26, 2015)
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4032
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:47 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Enzo, indeed " Molto Gustoso ! "
slawie
Senior Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 753
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:58 pm:   Edit Post

The headstock;
Is that an optical illusion or would the E string be better wound from the other direction?

Inspect the underneath of the pickups (they are the same shape as mine).
I doped the bottom up with some epoxy to strengthen the mounting tabs as they had cracked the casing because of over-tightening.

I hope the mothership visit proves fruitful.

slawie
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4033
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 9:28 pm:   Edit Post

Slawie, The E string on the other direction would be stick over the side because I am already just making it with my string choice which seems to work. Notice how far back the tail piece is , as a result my choice of Dean Markley Blue Steel # 2670 XL40-95 strings can fit .They actually intonate correctly ( but they are long scale on a short scale bass ! ) . It is playing in tune way all up and down the neck everywhere.:-)

Thanks for the advice for the preservation of the pickups, I will check as you advise.

Wolf
edwardofhuncote
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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 288
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:32 am:   Edit Post

This was the thread on 73-39 Wolf:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/194059.html?1424665127

There's pictures within the old ad link (at the top of the thread), and some discussion of the wood combinations on down near the bottom.

I had my eye on this one for a restoration project but (thank goodness) another Club member bought it with that same purpose in mind. IIRC, they were planning on sending her back to Alembic for a proper restoration... so it may already be there when you visit.

I'm quite fascinated by these early Alembics... the subtle differences between each one especially the first couple hundred instruments, makes them so distinctly individual, yet so obviously related. Yours is yet another beautiful creation.

(Message edited by edwardofhuncote on March 27, 2015)
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4034
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

Gregory ,
Thank you very much for pointing my eyes to the 73-39 thread. Yes ,I remember this one !

I too am still fascinated by these early Alembics for several reasons ; for the reasons that you mention but also because I remember walking into Alembic when the location was at 60 Brady Street in San Francisco and seeing these then new instruments displayed in all their glory for public view. In 1973 when Alembic #73-32 was born I was 17 years old and just graduating from High School and I was full of questions for the nice folks at 60 Brady St. about these instruments. I had just purchased my Alembic modified Guild Starfire Bass's from a then musicians union bass player who played in some of theater pit orchestras in town and I my self already had a bit of the Alembic curiosity. Who knows, I may have seen my 73-32 on the wall at 60 Brady St in 1973 . Surely her previous owner protected her well over all these years and as soon as he presented her to me I had a Deja-Vu ! I felt that elation of pleasent past experiances , like those that make your heart smile .



(Message edited by sonicus on March 27, 2015)
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5996
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post

I can report that 73-32 sounds great too! Wolf brought her over for a jam shortly after he recently acquired this lovely old bass. A really sweet instrument.

Bill, tgo
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4035
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 9:34 am:   Edit Post

Bill, That was her first real jam with me playing her . I was really pleased about how she played. A swell time was had for sure !

Wolf
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 2037
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:30 am:   Edit Post

Ohhhh, what a bass! Wolf, Enjoy that beautiful creature!

art
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4045
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post

Art , Thanks !
rv_bass
Junior
Username: rv_bass

Post Number: 12
Registered: 8-2014
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:37 am:   Edit Post

Hi Sonicus,

As others have noted, very beautiful bass, the color and shape are unique and wonderful! Can you explain the function of the two white dots?

Thanks,
Rob
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4046
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post

Hello Rob,
The two "white dots" are where a technician had installed other controls for the previous owner. I intend to have a "master volume" and a "stereo/mono switch" installed in their place by Alembic soon as part of her "Alembic Mothership Health Check Up."

Wolf
rv_bass
Junior
Username: rv_bass

Post Number: 13
Registered: 8-2014
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Wolf, very nice!

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