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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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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!
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 7
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Sunday, October 04, 2015 - 2:49 am:   Edit Post

Young George's 21st is looming so I'm going to have to give it to him soon. It'll need new strings and a clean!! - and I might just be tempted to get another one for me.

I find the mains powered DS5 a bit of a bind and I expect he will too. So I've made a battery version that works with 5 to 16 volts in. It works including powering the blue LEDs from a laptop lithium polymer power station 5 volt port and lasts weeks continuously on a charge.

It also works from my Macbook USB port which I find very useful.

It supplies +-15 volts to the bass. It draws 5v at 450mA. Sometimes the Mac complains about the power surge but if the unit is connected to the mac before the guitar it works OK.

I also included a stereo out socket which the DS5 doesn't have. A stereo to twin mono insert lead works ( or a Chapman stick lead ) instead of the 2 little grey mono leads that came with the DS5. headphones can be plugged in too.


Nice.

It's in a temporary plastic box at the moment but I've ordered a nice alloy one to make it robust.

Anyone interested in the details/pictures?
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4528
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, October 04, 2015 - 5:22 am:   Edit Post

This creation deserves to show design and form in pics indeed ; please and thank you !
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 8
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Monday, October 05, 2015 - 3:09 pm:   Edit Post

Ok. The alloy case came today so I just made this up. Its not labelled up yet and I'm short of a couple of nice screws for the XLR socket but its just about done.

It weighs 12 oz as opposed to 2lb 6oz for the DS5. It has a headphone socket. It has separate outputs for each pickup. It has the same switched mixed mono output as the DS5. It works from any USB source. It works from any pin positive wall wart that fits the socket capable of 450ma at 3 -15 V DC. It's electrically inaudible in terms of noise. All in it cost £25 to make. Theres a pic working with the battery and another working from a Macbook USB socket. It even runs from an iPhone charger.


PSU
PSU1

moongerm
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 292
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Monday, October 05, 2015 - 3:20 pm:   Edit Post

Wow that is great work! Nice!
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 9
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

Well,
He's got it and I think he likes it.
Videobomb courtesy of Lucy dog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga61B6YWK4I
This is just demo for his friends. More to follow I should think.
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1276
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 2:44 pm:   Edit Post

my GOOOOOD !!!!!! whatz a bass, and a bass player !! Congrats man !! and who is the dog ? futur bass player too ? ;-)
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 10
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 3:21 pm:   Edit Post

Just for you Pierreyves. I know you like Stanley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blmQ-iiEzpE
Serious series 2 tone!

(Message edited by geepee on December 24, 2015)
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1277
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm:   Edit Post

Cool, lot of Thanks and Merry Christmas ! I play this tune too but not exactly The same way, The most important is to get pleasure. Congratulations for your play! Soon an
European gathering with Jazzy, bigyouth, Jan Olof and others ? I know a young guy Manuelito Koumba, who live in Toulouse and met lot of Times Stanley, include in private after gigs !!!
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 11
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 5:19 pm:   Edit Post

Final one for now.
Stevie Wonder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guyG6q97MnE

George can post his own material on here from now on. He has the login details now.
Phil.
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1278
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post

quickly it hear him, with all its potential!
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 12
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Friday, December 25, 2015 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post

Hi everyone,

George here, dad's passed over the account to me!

First of all Merry Christmas!

I'll be posting more videos soon! Hope to meet some of you in the future, enjoy the festive period!

Hope you like my playing haha!!

Cheers!
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1281
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, December 25, 2015 - 1:09 pm:   Edit Post

well... good player your are, good father you have, the dark side of the force you dont have to go...

what neck size ? 34" ? 32" ?
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 454
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, December 25, 2015 - 8:27 pm:   Edit Post

You've got yourself a great bass there! Nice playing! It's good that you have varied interests musically! Perhaps you'll run into Jazzyvee. Keep up the good work!!!
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 13
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 1:50 am:   Edit Post

pieereyves - The neck size is 34"

I sense that the force is strong!!!

Charles_Homes - Thank you very much! Yeah, I like a lot of different styles! I love Reggae! Hope to meet some you all soon!

I've been exploring the stereo side of the Alembic. I've got some loop stations and I'll get a youtube video on showcasing these within the next few days.
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 456
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 12:15 pm:   Edit Post

Please, call me Chalie (rhymes with Holly).I live across the pond but Jazzyvee lives in your area somewhere. Check him out on you tube explaining how the Series II Alembic operates & one of his main gigs is playing Reggae! For me Stereo is the only way to go when playing the Alembic because having the choice to dial in the exact amount of bass or treble is just a bassists' dream. In addition, you have the Series II which is the Crème de la crème of Alembics (IMHO).
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 14
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Monday, December 28, 2015 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you!! My dad just told me that Jazzyvee is the 'Pass the Dutchie' bass player! That's wicked!

I had a successful play around with the stereo last night and I have a good idea for a video! I can't wait to share it with you all! It is a luxury being able to choose exact amounts of treble and bass.

Hope all is well!

By the way, Chalie, I've seen a wonderful photo of you playing your Upright Bass with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra!
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 15
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 3:48 am:   Edit Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozdCBVUcwEk&feature=youtu.be

Here it is, stereo exploration with loops!

Hope you enjoy! Don't think this would be possible with anything but an Alembic!

Hope you like it, let me know what you think!

Cheeers!
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1284
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 3:56 am:   Edit Post

Cool !! What is your drum machine ?
geepee
Junior
Username: geepee

Post Number: 16
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:15 am:   Edit Post

It's just a series of apple loops that I put together on Logic Pro 9!

Nothing super special but they sound pretty decent!
rv_bass
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Username: rv_bass

Post Number: 3
Registered: 8-2014
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 10:45 am:   Edit Post

Fantastic! What are the board and loop effects you are using?
geepee
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Username: geepee

Post Number: 17
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 10:55 am:   Edit Post

Zoom B3 and G3X built in effects.

Bass amps presents - Marcus Millar kind of sound and compressor. Zoom B3

Fender boost, dotted 8th note delay, reverse delay, e-bow swell, distortion, fast filter and pedal cry! Zoom G3X

That was basically what i was using!
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 459
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post

That was a nice groove geepee. What did you use to video tape yourself? it recorded the tones very nicely indeed!
I miss the symphonic days! I'm considering returning to the symphony. I would like to buy an Alembic Classico but I know it's cost prohibitive at this point.
Chalie
rv_bass
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 8-2014
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 2:24 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, geepee, I'll have to learn more about the B3 and G3X, sounds great!
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 2171
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 5:10 pm:   Edit Post

Chalie, you just gave me a vision of an entire symphony orchestra powered by a Classico equipped bass section!
geepee
Junior
Username: geepee

Post Number: 18
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:01 am:   Edit Post

Charlie, I used my dad's Fuji digital camera to record the video and I used Logic Pro 9 to record the audio.

I just took the output from the pedals and recorded it into Logic.

Dumped the video file into Logic and just put them together. Logic is much better for this than iMovie! Certainly works for me!

rv_bass, they are certainly great gadgets. Extremely durable too as I use them busk on the streets around London!

By the way, enjoy your new year celebrations!!
geepee
Junior
Username: geepee

Post Number: 19
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 4:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hi All,
We've done another couple of videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9pMoDuYkY4
Blue Matter. John Scofield.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVk4GL9wE6Y
A nice little Marcus slap tune.

Bass recorded in stereo this time with a new toy.
Much as we wanted a proper F-2B it's too big to carry about on public transport along with the bass.
So we made a mini version. It's about the size of an iPad and an inch thick. It sounds fantastic. It has a series PSU and 5 pin socket built in too. Sounds much better than plugging the bass direct into the interface. It needs a 20db pad but then it works great.

Have a listen.


Mini preamp

elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1789
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 5:25 pm:   Edit Post

wow...that's a cool unit!!
enzo
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Username: enzo

Post Number: 551
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 8:57 pm:   Edit Post

So first you guys made a battery pack that works also with an iPhone charger, now you made this cool stereo unit, just like that. What an interesting family haha. Do you go to rehearsals with a modified DeLorean to fit the Alembic? :-)
hammer
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Username: hammer

Post Number: 832
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 4:11 am:   Edit Post

Two great ideas and I'll second Enzo's comment. It sounds like you're able to throw these things together while others are putting on their coats prior to heading outside. I'd really be interested to hear a little about your background.
geepee
Junior
Username: geepee

Post Number: 20
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 5:49 am:   Edit Post

Ok Hammer, here goes.
George has played bass for about 6 or 7 years and was in a band playing the pubs and clubs round Preston and the North West. I (dad) did 'the sound'. It got to be a pretty ambitious show with 5 stereo in ear monitor mixes, wireless instruments, lights, lasers, digital mixer and so on. They even made a bit of money and had a local following. We both learnt a lot. It all finished when all the lads went to college.

Now George is at University in London studying ...... Bass - the final frontier! Final year and hoping for a big break into the industry. He's already working as session musician and busks around London to pay the bills.

I'm almost completely retired as a dentist and at a bit of a loose end. My playing sucks so I make crazy stuff for kicks. I always have. Anything mechanical, electronic, computer related and I'll have a go.

These projects should help make his incredible Alembic work for him in the most practical and portable way possible for a working musician.

Phil.

(Message edited by geepee on January 10, 2016)
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1292
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 3:53 pm:   Edit Post

GOSH DAMNED BLOOD N'GUTS OUCH no words..... speechless.... congrats...Iphone 6 or 6+ ? LOL!!
geepee
Junior
Username: geepee

Post Number: 21
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 5:26 pm:   Edit Post

That's an iPhone 4. Its small.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4855
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2016 - 1:23 am:   Edit Post

Hi Phil, it seems like you have two marketable products, admittedly for a niche market, ideal for a musician travelling light. My lightweight setup is my DS-5 and F1-x in a 2U rack which is perfect for just dropping in the boot of the car. But if I was travelling on the underground in London I'd soon be unpopular.

Nice piece of work.
geepee
Junior
Username: geepee

Post Number: 23
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 - 4:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hi guys,

I have a new video up on youtube. It's a Chapman Stick special! I hope you enjoy it! Hardly an Alembic but it's technically a bass anyway;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tFhz6bSBY4

Thanks, hope you're all well and playing!
geepee
Junior
Username: geepee

Post Number: 24
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 3:08 pm:   Edit Post

Hi guys,

I have a new video up on youtube. It's a Chapman Stick special! I hope you enjoy it! Hardly an Alembic but it's technically a bass anyway;)

Please ignore the previous link...this one works!!

https://youtu.be/K5bNn9V9pGA?t=1m16s

Thanks, hope you're all well and playing!
rv_bass
Intermediate Member
Username: rv_bass

Post Number: 178
Registered: 8-2014
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice geepee!
pierreyves
Senior Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1293
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:07 am:   Edit Post

ouch.... speechless, what a technique you have !!! congrats of congrats ;-)

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