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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5044
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 7:17 pm:   Edit Post

Pickup lollipops:
pickups
Yummy!
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 187
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 9:20 pm:   Edit Post

the front may be catching up with the back.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5103
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 7:06 pm:   Edit Post

Hey! Your bass made it to the setup room today:
setup
I emailed a larger version of this over the Roger on your behalf.

The wood is unreal:
setup

There's still plenty of work to do, but it's getting close to leaving the nest.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6128
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 7:57 pm:   Edit Post

Amazing!
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 831
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 8:08 pm:   Edit Post

WOW!
Tales of Topographic Tone Wood, to slaughter a Yes title.
I feel like I'm looking down on blood red mountains as they come down to canyons at the lower right.

Again, just wow!

Mike
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 188
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2008 - 6:40 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, guys. And, I remember the constant theme on this site that the pictures don't do it justice. Still, trying to temper the expectation on when it will be done, as the master artisans need time to finish their work. Patience. Patience.

dw
briant
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Username: briant

Post Number: 94
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2008 - 8:39 am:   Edit Post

Yow! The close up of the body just kills!
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 55
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2008 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post

Custom of the Year candidate
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 189
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 8:59 am:   Edit Post

Behind the scenes progress. Just exchanged emails with Roger. QCB knobs are being constructed.
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1893
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 9:54 am:   Edit Post

took my advice huh?
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 190
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post

yes, again. thanks.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5131
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:00 pm:   Edit Post

Here's your bass just before my dad swiped it for the final calibration:
setup
I've run out of superlatives to describe this bass.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6218
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post

I like it!
briant
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Username: briant

Post Number: 109
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 5:36 pm:   Edit Post

I just had to fetch a paper towel to clean the drool off my keyboard.
bassjigga
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Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 303
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

Phenominal! How bout that one Mica? I also spy my bass hangin out behind you...
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 191
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 8:05 pm:   Edit Post

Glad I logged in tonight. One of my colleagues is actually in SF tonight. Wish it were I.

Must stay calm. Must check weather to make sure shipping an option. Must check insurance. Must schedule rehearsal for day it arrives.

Hey MICA!!! How is it playing?

Holy cripes. Need advice from brothers and sisters on the site. What do I do now?
5stringho
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Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 248
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2008 - 5:59 am:   Edit Post

Hey, David! Definately front-runner for Custom of the Year!
No superlatives I can add. What an Awesome speciman! That QCB is special. You, Flax and Paul all have Top-10 of all time Customs. Mebbe top 5! You really gonna play this out live :-)?
Try a brown paper bag for hyper-ventilation episodes. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. That's it! Keep it in your pocket. I'll be needing one myself here in a week or 2.
Our Scottish friends would probably recommend a pint of Ale ;D Weather looks pretty good for your area for the next week. No major problems.
We expect pics and soundbytes!
Enjoy, ya got somthing special!!
Have fun, Mike, tho =]
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5194
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

Doesn't really look different after the calibration, but here is your bass today:
done
Getting everything prepped for a Monday ship date.
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 298
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 7:25 pm:   Edit Post

David,
Your bass is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!
Play it Healthy!
Art
basstard
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Username: basstard

Post Number: 168
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 11:59 pm:   Edit Post

This is one of the most beautiful objects ever created by humans, ever.
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 192
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 7:40 am:   Edit Post

Beaver called a couple of days ago for final payment. I feel like I'm buying a new house (not because of the price, although I'm pretty sure the first place my folks bought was only a little more expensive than this, but because of the excitement of finally getting a chance to live with something that's only been pictures and concepts). Thanks to all for your support and kind words. I know that no one in this club needs to know that it sounds good; looks better than pictures; etc. (because all Alembics sound great and look like art), but I'll report in after it arrives and I get a chance to work with her a bit.
georgie_boy
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Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 431
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 - 3:47 am:   Edit Post

Worth every penny!!!
Wonderful bass

Enjoy her forever

George
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 193
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post

Bird is in the air. Or, at least, on the truck. Lands Friday.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

dw
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1828
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 8:02 am:   Edit Post

Not so fast, or you'll start hyperventilating.

Looks like you're enjoying the wait ...
deburgh
Junior
Username: deburgh

Post Number: 37
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 2:27 pm:   Edit Post

I know from experience, those last 2 days seem to take an eternity. But as they say, all good things to those who wait!

Enjoy it David, you've got something really special there!

Todd
dwmark
Intermediate Member
Username: dwmark

Post Number: 194
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 1:38 pm:   Edit Post

Interesting development. UPS counts up to three (as in 3-day service) as follows: 1, 3.

It's waiting for me at the UPS Center.

D
deburgh
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Username: deburgh

Post Number: 38
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 2:20 pm:   Edit Post

Well, don't just sit there at the computer, go get it!!!

:-)

Todd
olieoliver
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1805
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 2:53 pm:   Edit Post

Sounds like a "need to leave work early" day to me. :-)

Olie
smuprof
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Username: smuprof

Post Number: 102
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 3:27 pm:   Edit Post

Heck, with that beauty I would have taken all three (or two) days off just in case it needed something from me in transit :-)

What a spectacular instrument! Play it in good health!

John
dwmark
Intermediate Member
Username: dwmark

Post Number: 195
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 5:11 am:   Edit Post

At a meeting last night until 1130, but I DID leave work early so I could get to UPS. Have been working for a while this a.m., but OF COURSE she is open.

Too early to plug in but it's better than expected. I went with more of a classic taper (neck dimensions were custom, based on some basses I've played that I really liked) and am able to get around on the neck and make reaches in ways that I couldn't before. Am completely blown away by how small the Bird of Prey configuration makes the whole layout (feels like I'm holding a guitar and, yes, I've had the tape measure out--was absolutely sure that I was playing a medium scale and needed to make sure it was 34").

More later, when I have time. Think there will be a lot of playing going on this weekend (and can't wait for rehearsal, Sunday).

dw
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 266
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2008 - 5:17 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations, David! So good to see you finally got her. I'm glad that your little monster exceeded even your highest expectations. I'm sure she sounds as great as she plays!
Enjoy, have a wonderful weekend with your Stunning new Bass!
Mike, tho =]
dwmark
Intermediate Member
Username: dwmark

Post Number: 196
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

Loving it but.

Mica warned me the bass was not going to like the trip. Great low set up when I got it but can't get the B to stop buzzing. Having trouble getting the tuner to recognize the string (think it's making contact at the first fret).

Mica said the truss rods should be the first line of attack. I've loosened them nearly a half turn (in two steps) and it seems a bit better but not cured.

Next steps seem to be (1) wait a bit, and (2) if not fixed by waiting, go to Joey's post on set ups. The Joey route seems excessive, as it was just set up at the factory, but I've got to get it working before rehearsal tomorrow. Any other thoughts?

dw
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1925
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 5:42 pm:   Edit Post

well dave
was it like i told ya?
ajdover
Senior Member
Username: ajdover

Post Number: 606
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 7:02 pm:   Edit Post

Dave,

If it's any solace, I've experienced buzzing troubles with my Dragon's Wing (DW). Most of it was due to the fact that I like light gauge strings (.40-.100). This being said, it's the only bass I had to send back to the Mothership for a heat bend. If you're using standard gauge strings, truss rod adjustments should take care of the problem.

BTW, after the elves did the heat bend, my DW plays like buttah. None of my other Alembics have given me the least bit of trouble, and when necessary, I make adjustments which work out just fine.

Bottom line: make some adjustments, give it a couple of days, and hopefully that will fix it. It has for the most part in my experience.

Good Luck!

Alan

P.S. That is a beautiful bass.
dwmark
Intermediate Member
Username: dwmark

Post Number: 197
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

Jeff

The bass is unreal. If you told me about a buzzing B, I forgot that.

It'll be my first set up, but it'll be a good chance for us to get acquainted.

dw
dwmark
Intermediate Member
Username: dwmark

Post Number: 198
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 7:48 pm:   Edit Post

Alan

Crossed with your post. Thanks for the encouragement. Will try to keep her here.

Buttah? That sounds really nice.

dw

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