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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 2029
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

Valentino and I met Stanley backstage shortly before showtime on October 22 at the Masonic Theater in San Francisco. He was more than a little pleased with his new bass:

stan surprise!

He said he'll have to get a new wardrobe to match the new bass. Then he sat down and played it - the first thing he said was, "this is my neck."

Stanley wasn't able to use the bass at the show - it was an all acoustic performance with Al DiMeola and Jean Luc Ponty The Right of Strings. We enjoyed the show and then brought the bass home. We'll be shipping it tomorrow so he can be enjoying it at home very soon.

When Stanley's schedule settles down, he's planning his first visit to the factory. He wants to meet the people that made the basses "that have been such a part of my life."

Stan's new bass
This will be the December Featured Custom - you'll have to wait until then for the rest of the pictures and details.
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 385
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 5:51 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful! I am so happy that he was pleased, and can confirm that he has great taste in necks.

That's a great shot, too. The pic of the bass really shows up the figuring.

Congratulations, Alembic!
tom_z
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Username: tom_z

Post Number: 53
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 8:23 pm:   Edit Post

Oh my . . . What a gorgeous bass. The top is so rich - I can only imagine that the neck inlay will likely render me unconscious. Sublime!

Tom
mdrdvp
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Username: mdrdvp

Post Number: 133
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 4:19 am:   Edit Post

I agree with all the above. What a fantastic bass. Wait until december? Mica, 2004 is only 11 months because we, all club members, decided to take november out this year. So, better hurry up, it's almost december.

Manfred
jeff
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Username: jeff

Post Number: 74
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 5:59 am:   Edit Post

I can not think of anyone more deserving of such a magnificent instrument than Stanley. The quilted coco bolo top is drop-dead gorgeous and I have no doubt that the inlay is spectacular. I only hope that I will be lucky enough to see him play this bass live. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing more of this bass as the Featured Custom!
marcm
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Username: marcm

Post Number: 49
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 7:07 am:   Edit Post

a magnificent instrument for an extraordinary player. i know we're supposed to wait until december for the details, but i'm very intrigued by the controls. obviously the concentric knobs are custom; in fact, the controls look just like a series-ii but with all three volume controls and the filter-frequency controls doubled. very interesting indeed, especially for those of us who aspire to having some part or variation of an sf-2 in our next alembic!

mica, won't you please tell us something, just a hint, about what's behind those knobs? please throw a little bone to the faithful
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 365
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post

Marc, they look more like five collet-type knobs for the volumes and filters, and pointed knobs on the p/u selector and the CVQs. Some impressive materials there. Okay, I wouldn't mind having one.
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 387
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 9:18 am:   Edit Post

They're just regular knobs, nothing concentric.

As much as it seems a super-custom bass, it's really very standard. The neck is maple/ebony with an extremely narrow profile, the top is an awesome piece of wood, and the neck and headstock inlays are spectacular. Beyond that, it seems to be a 'generic' Series II in an SC shape.
the_mule
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Username: the_mule

Post Number: 292
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

OH........MY........GOD........WHAT........A........BASS!!!

That's wonderful, just wonderful. That facial expression says more than a thousand words! True happiness, a true work of art. Hats off to all Alembicians who so obviously lovingly worked on this!

Wilfred
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 959
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 10:15 am:   Edit Post

That is indeed a great picture of Stanley's reaction! And the bass is pretty amazing too!
marcm
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Username: marcm

Post Number: 50
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

adriaan, you're right. i'm not sure why, but this morning they looked like concentric knobs, as on hartmut's doubleneck 4 + 6 for example. they are indeed standard collets

i guess i was just projecting an item from my next-bass wish list onto stanley's bass!

thanks!
marcm
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Username: marcm

Post Number: 51
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 1:46 pm:   Edit Post

adriaan, you're right. i'm not sure why, but this morning they looked like concentric knobs, as on hartmut's doubleneck 4 + 6 for example. they are indeed standard collets

i guess i was just projecting an item from my next-bass wish list onto stanley's bass!

thanks!
marcm
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Username: marcm

Post Number: 52
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 1:48 pm:   Edit Post

oops! i posted the same message twice, inadvertantly. sorry folks

(Message edited by marcm on October 26, 2004)
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 368
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 2:12 pm:   Edit Post

Standard collet type knobs, yeah right. Notice the shiny tops?
marcm
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Username: marcm

Post Number: 53
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 3:30 pm:   Edit Post

i did notice them. i was referring to the shape as 'standard': standard collets with very nice m.o.p. caps!

another touch of understated elegance for a great master of the bass
kungfusheriff
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Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 185
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 9:16 pm:   Edit Post

Best. Alembic. Ever.
Considering what SC has done for the brand over the last 30 years, if Alembic was going to give away one bass, this would be it. I can't think of a happier moment. Congratulations to all.
jlpicard
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Username: jlpicard

Post Number: 87
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely! It was Stanley who first turned my head and stretched my ears with that incredible technique and awe inspiring sound way back in the 70's! I've never been the same since!!

Alembic and Stanley.... I am honored and humbled to be alive during a truly grand era of musical history! Ah, the stories I wil tell my grand children!
mattheus
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Username: mattheus

Post Number: 112
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post

If needed I can provide a save home for this bass for the time that Stan is on the road. And, sure, I will do this at no charge.....
mattheus
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Username: mattheus

Post Number: 113
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 12:56 am:   Edit Post

If needed I can provide a save home for this bass for the time that Stan is on the road. And, sure, I will do this at no charge.....
nanookanono
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Username: nanookanono

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 5:24 am:   Edit Post

Is it a Piccolo?
Anyone knows Stanley's opinion upon various Alembic necks ? : I suppose some of his former basses were Brownbass, whith perhaps Mahogany, Beech lams, Walnut center, and this one seems Mapple, Ebony lams. ( could be brighter sounding ).

Anyone experiment these ?
"Questions, questions floating into the mind of young concerned people today"!!!


(Message edited by nanookanono on October 27, 2004)
bassman10096
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 676
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 9:44 pm:   Edit Post

It's not a piccolo. I'd be interested to know Stanley's neck material preferences, too. He has his necks carved narrow (a shade less than 1.5" at the nut), which is surprising, considering his style of play and the size of his hands.

As for Stanley's facial expression: I think that's a standard look people assume when they unwrap their new Alembic for the first time! My wife says it's how I looked when I got mine...

Bill, TBO
keavin
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 505
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2004 - 6:41 am:   Edit Post

Tonight oct 31st there's a LIVE online chat with stanley on his website,check it out or just join in !
keavin
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 526
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 5:27 am:   Edit Post

Hey what about me?,ive been with alembic for 25yrs, what do i get?
bsee
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 542
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post

Is this a trick question? Some of the best tone to be found anywhere on the planet? The knowledge that you picked the right bass 25 years ago instead of muddling around with compromises like many of us?
willie
Junior
Username: willie

Post Number: 50
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post

My first one was ordered in 1983 so I guess I have about 8 years till I get one like that. Now that would be something to look forward to.
Willie
dgcarbu
Junior
Username: dgcarbu

Post Number: 26
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, December 27, 2004 - 2:42 pm:   Edit Post

What a nice gift for 30 years of loyalty to Alembic. He deserves it. I wonder if Mr. Stanley Clarke wouldn't mind giving up one of his other Brown Basses now that he has this amazing legend. Too many of us out there I guess.
dgcarbu
Intermediate Member
Username: dgcarbu

Post Number: 166
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post

I wonder if Stanley will use his 30th anniversary bass at the shows in Oakland next week?! Has anyone seen and/or heard him play this one yet?

(Message edited by dgcarbu on January 20, 2005)
davehouck
Senior Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 1247
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 9:36 am:   Edit Post

It would be my guess that those shows will be played on upright bass.
dgcarbu
Intermediate Member
Username: dgcarbu

Post Number: 169
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 10:10 am:   Edit Post

Yeah, probably so, just a bit of wishful thinkin'

Peace,
Darrell

(Message edited by dgcarbu on January 20, 2005)

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