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geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 1:00 am:   Edit Post

I just pulled the trigger on this! S/N 14332
Anxiously waiting for Mr UPS to bring it.
I'll post more pics when it arrives.Series 2
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 2:25 am:   Edit Post

Oh, and I know it's a Balance K. Far too excited to type properly.

(Message edited by geepee on July 11, 2015)
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1224
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 3:15 am:   Edit Post

you will taste.... this bass is sooooooooo.... I bought the almost same...

http://www.station-musicshop.de/epages/64398533.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/64398533/Products/0008544
rv_bass
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Username: rv_bass

Post Number: 52
Registered: 8-2014
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 4:26 am:   Edit Post

Wow, beautiful bass...congratulations!
moongerm
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 227
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 5:39 am:   Edit Post

Saweeeeet! Enjoy you will!
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 409
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:00 am:   Edit Post

Ooooh..Ahhhhh....That's a badass bass there!!!
Magnificent!!! That's Christmas times 1 million over and over and over again!!!!
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 984
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 9:11 am:   Edit Post

Love that burl
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

It's not for me. I have played for 40 years but my playing doesn't warrant this. It's for my son. He's 20 and better than I could ever be. He's a music student and I want him to start start his pro career with this and a few other quality instruments rather than get them when he's at the other end of his career. I cant wait to see what he will achieve with this. That's the payoff for me - plus I'll get to play it for fun.

He doesn't know about it yet.
oheare
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Username: oheare

Post Number: 2
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:34 pm:   Edit Post

Uh -- think I want you to adopt me. :-)

Seriously, this is one of the most unselfish things I've ever heard. Plus you get the selfish pleasure of hearing it being played by your son.

(It's obvious how much this post affected me. Look when I registered. Note how many posts I've made.)
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4564
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 2:07 am:   Edit Post

Geepee i notice you are UK based so great to have more of these superb basses on our turf. Let me know if you son does any gigs around the midlands and i will try to get there.
great choice in bass. Victor wooten also had an alembic early in his career and look what happened to him :-)
moongerm
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 229
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 5:03 am:   Edit Post

That is an incredible gift That bass should both inspire and assist in bringing the best out of him!
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 411
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 5:59 am:   Edit Post

That's a great present! I would like to hear your son play. I don't believe that Alembics were invented when I started playing bass.When I was 12 years old my mom drove me to South Street in Philly & bought me a Rythmline Bass which looked like the Telecaster bass.
edwardofhuncote
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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 444
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post

Very nice!

My Dad gave me my first bass too... it was an early-1940's Kay upright. =)
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 4
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

At the moment he's gigging round London with student bands playing Bass but his main current project is playing chapman stick with a new act on a session basis. He busks a lot with the stick and makes good money. Thanks for all the kind words. It's hard to make a living in this business but something that sets one apart from the crowd, talent and the best tools for the job have got to help. When he gets this for his 21st in a couple of months I'm sure he'll post up video. In the mean time I'll post up some more stills when it arrives.
rjmsteel
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Username: rjmsteel

Post Number: 246
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post

Geepee: Congratulations to You and your Son!

Yep, that`s what I said. Their is no better reward than to bless your children. I have (now) 2 sons going to college (and my wife and I are paying for all of it $$$).
SO totally worth it!

Oh and the older one will be having his 21st birthday next month, Yikes!

Rich
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 5
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 - 3:00 pm:   Edit Post

A couple of iPhone teasers until I get my SLR going.
You'll have to hang on till George's 21st to hear it.

Couldn't resist the battery cover made of no less than 17 pieces of wood.
Amazing.logo

Battery cover

bridge

Nice wood

Abalone and silver

(Message edited by mica on July 21, 2015)
smokin_dave
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Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 420
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

Hey GeePee.I'm up for adoption and need a new Dad.Can I be your new son?

All kidding aside that is a terrific find.What a bass.Your son will be so happy.I would be.
moongerm
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 238
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

All I can say is WoW!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4364
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 - 7:06 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely Superb !
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4583
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post

That is a great 21st birthday present GeePee. Does your son know about the bass or is this a surprise present for him? Either way it's awesome!!!
5a_quilt_top
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Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 579
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

A stunning visual feast loaded to the brim with Series II sonic goodness.

Just a guess - although you are giving it to your son, I suspect your fingers will eventually find their way onto that fretboard...

How could they resist - ?
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 6
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post

I might have had a little bit bit of a play. Ok - quite a lot.

He doesn't know about it and unless this finds its way to Facebook he won't. Alembic is so far off his radar he's pretty unlikely to find his way here. His 21st is in December.

The tone is just gorgeous unplugged. I see why people say the tone is Hi Fi. It's crystal clear, loud and sustains for ever. Being almost totally hollow it is very light and supremely comfortable to play. There is no neck dive and it sits in the optimum place for both hands to be comfortable. Balance K has to be the ultimate in comfort. The electronics add a wide range of nuances which gives an amazing versatility - but the tone still resembles the unplugged sound. Weird!

This thing has been breathed on by the gods.

I want one of my own now. The F jazz in the corner now feels like a clumsy plank and sounds like it has a pair of socks wrapped round the strings.
5a_quilt_top
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Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 580
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:41 pm:   Edit Post

Couldn't have said it better myself.

FWIW: you have now been assimilated, further resistance is futile. It's best to just simply give in and place your order.

You can placate yourself with this mantra:

"It will make me a better player because I will want play it more and because I will need to become a better player in order to do it justice".
jcdlc72
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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 435
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 3:20 pm:   Edit Post

That will surely be the nicest 21st birthday present ever. May George (And you) enjoy it in full health and pleasure! It certainly is a magnificent instrument!
enzo
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Username: enzo

Post Number: 507
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 8:37 am:   Edit Post

Haha, I guess we all had the same experience, going back to a basic off the shelf Fender (or what ever brand) bass an think it's been severely damaged by a mysterious creature that lives in the case, for playing that bad.
It's a stunning bass, there's nothing like Alembic, welcome to the addiction!

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