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alembaddict
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Username: alembaddict

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 9:33 pm:   Edit Post

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dela217
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Username: dela217

Post Number: 783
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 4:09 am:   Edit Post

Very nice! Is that bass restored? It looks brand new.

Michael
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1358
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 4:21 am:   Edit Post

Also an interesting 'nick' halfway on the upper horn. I love that old omega shape ...
trekster
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Username: trekster

Post Number: 138
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 4:28 am:   Edit Post

Hmm..at least to my eye, there are two things here I've never seen before on an Alembic -- the upper horn shape, and a..oh, how would you say it... a "same wood" facing.. mahogany facing on mahogany core? Talking about the back.. maybe I'm wrong and it's koa (and that would make more sense), but it takes a real careful look...I dunno.

--T

(Message edited by trekster on March 22, 2007)
keavin
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 1085
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 4:57 am:   Edit Post

I would bet that Bass is totally origonal most bassplayers are scared to play their alembics that's why you see soo many older alembics that apear totally new!
alembaddict
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Username: alembaddict

Post Number: 2
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

76-534

Top: Koa
Back: Koa
Core: Oak

Neck: Birch / Purpleheart / Maple / Purpleheart / Birch
Fingerboard: Ebony
Headstock: Bocote (front) Walnut (back)

DOB: 11/3/76

I was doing some spring cleaning and found this one under my bed. I totally forgot I had it! Anyways, I figured I'd take some pics and share them with this wonderful club.
trekster
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Username: trekster

Post Number: 139
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 5:50 am:   Edit Post

ok, so I was wrong...oak? Someone care to chime in on how oak sounds? That's a bit rare.

On a side note, my dad has a bunch of old chestnut barn rafter boards drying in his woodshop.. was considering trying some of that as core wood for a project. These things are very lightweight!


--T
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1361
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 7:03 am:   Edit Post

Oak was discussed here recently - IIRC it didn't do much soundwise. Else why you don't see it used in more Alembics, eventhough it's such a easily available species with an excellent track record regarding durability?
bracheen
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Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1179
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 10:02 am:   Edit Post

Alan, that certainly is a beautiful and unique instrument. So if you don't mind sharing, how did it end up forgotten under your bed? I don't mean to be nosey but have been wanting to ask that question all day.
Welcome to the club BTW

Sam
southpaw
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Username: southpaw

Post Number: 160
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:21 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome Alan, thank you for sharing your pictures, what a beautiful bass. I would love to see your bass collection if you forgot about this one under a bed!! take good care of it and play it in good health...
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4899
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Alan, welcome to the board!

I was doing some spring cleaning and found this one under my bed. I totally forgot I had it!

I guess that might be the most outlandish thing I've read all day.

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