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kilowatt
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Username: kilowatt

Post Number: 76
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 9:24 am:   Edit Post

Mike,
I just love the way your bass is turning out. The top looks to be from the same slab as Thunder & Lightning (COTM Mar. 06). If it is, just wait till you see it in person! Be patient, the wait is almost over.

Regards,
Pete
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 213
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 6:24 am:   Edit Post

Thanxxx, Todd! I appreciate the compliments and encouragement. Hope you are enjoying YOUR new Beauty!
Pete- I think you are absolutely correct. I can't believe I never made the connection, since I looked at your amazing T&L a hundred times for inspiration and ideas! I imagine she WILL look even better, as most say the pics here do not do justice to the actual finished product when you see it in person. I'm humbled by the thought that my little animal has such an illustrious pedigree! Does that make us in-laws, or cousins by Bass =)?
Thanxxx for pointing the similarities out. It made my day! If mine looks anything like T&L when she's done, it's, like, WOW!!
Thanxx again, stay tuned, Mike, tho =]
georgie_boy
Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 326
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post

Simply gorgeous.
Enjoy!!
But why not Series electronics?

G
5stringho
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Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 217
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 4:14 am:   Edit Post

Hey, George!
Thanks for the compliment on the soon-to-be new arrival! Why not Series Electronics? Couple of reasons. First and foremost, it's quite simply the Money issue. As we are all aware of, Alembics are the most wonderful instruments made, but that also comes at a price. They aren't cheap. I'm just a regular schlep that works too much already, and I've had an extremely difficult time trying to justify to myself spending the kind of money this beautiful baby costs and not have wheels or a title! She's probably more Bass than I deserve, and she'll be a LOT better at what she does than the one playing her! I ordered her to beat the Jan. 07 price increase, and considering all the stuff that's gone on in our life since, it made me question my decision even more. Fortunately, it looks like everything is going to work out here in the end. As much as I would have LOVED SII, the Xtra $ for Series was not in the realm of reality at this time. Also, I was not sure if I wanted to be married to the Power source and 5 pin cable. I've since discovered that is not really an issue, but too late now!
On the very positive side, The Custom Electronics package we've come up with should be EXTREMELY versatile and sonically exrtaordinary. I call it "Ghetto Series";) It's about as close to Series as possible without the Single Coil pickups and power source. I doubt if MY ears will be able to differentiate. I think the Signature-type electronics package will be wonderful, and if mine sounds anything like Jim Tussings new Quilted Beast, it will be even more than I hoped for! I guess we'll find out soon enough! Besides, only 3 years till the old 50th Birthday, and I already have the Harley's, so I kinda know what I have in mind for my mid-life crisis, and have time to talk her into it =)!!!
Stay tuned, thanks for checkin' in on her.
Have Fun, Mike, tho
georgie_boy
Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 333
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 12:43 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Mike!
Yes you're right, most people don't opt for the Series electronics because of the price.
I'm not saying that they are any better than others (I heard Jacko's Epic, and it was amazing)
Check my post in Showcase re George waller's Series 1.
If you like single coils then the Series is GREAT; if not, then most other Alembics are just as good.
It's all a matter of taste!
As I've learned from this forum,-never put yourself down and think that you deserve less than the best!!!!
I think my favorite Alembic is the EXCEL with the Fatboy and the FXY.
I bought my Series when I was 47, so there's plenty of time if that is what you really want.
You will be so knocked-out with your bass that you will love her instantly!!
I was unemployed when I got my Series--------I still am!! even with 3 University degrees
As they say-Life's a bitch, then you die!!
Enjoy your bass my friend!!! It will deliver EVERYTHING you want from her-Series electronics or not.

G
danny_bryant
Junior
Username: danny_bryant

Post Number: 36
Registered: 9-2007
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2008 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post

Mike, I met you a while back at Absolute Music and I bought that Orion up there. Rusty told me you were selling your Excel but now I know why. This is gonna be killer. We will have to get together when my custom Orion is done. Check it out under Dannys Custom Orion in the Factory to Customer section. Good luck with the new bass.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6192
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

Mike, I wanted to keep your Changes/Additions section clean, so I'm posting a response here. If your Excel is clipping your Eden when the bass and treble controls are turned up, you might try opening the control cavity and backing off on the trim pot a little.
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 247
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 3:53 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Dave! I'll try that. I've noticed the Eden is MUCH more sensitive than my former Italian amp, which shall forever remain nameless. I havn't had the Eden long, so I need to play with it more and, unfortunately, IT had to go back to the manufacturer, but they are making much more of an attempt to rectify the difficulties than the last one. But that is the subject for another thread! I'll try the trim pot's, though. Thanxxxx again, Mike, tho =]
bracheen
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1331
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 02, 2008 - 4:49 pm:   Edit Post

Mike if the cold in Ohio is a problem I'd be glad to hold on to that beauty til summer. That's what friends are for right?

Sam
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 262
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 5:27 am:   Edit Post

Hey, Sam, you're right. It is still a little cold here. Lemme think about it, Hmmm, NO :-)
Thanks for the offer though!

Have fun in warm, sunny, Florida.
Mike, tho.....
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 269
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 3:30 am:   Edit Post

Hmmmmmmm. UPS Tracking sez as of 5:11 EST, a 36.5Lb. Package for me from Santa Rosa, California is "Out for Delivery" from the Sharonville, Ohio facility. Has the big day finally arrived :-) ?
dannobasso
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 723
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 6:15 am:   Edit Post

Deep cleansing breath, deep cleansing breath, "was that a truck?!!!" Just the milkman. Was that a truck?"................

Congrats and may you forever be inspired.
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 270
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 7:55 am:   Edit Post

Thank you, Danno. Sage advise from a man of vast experience with these matters! Well, it's 1050, and I hafta leave for work @ 11:30. Tried, to no avail, to get the day off. Holiday weekend, wasn't happening. So, I may have to go before it gets here. I'm truly bummed. My son is here to sign for it if it comes before my Sweetie gets home from work. Guess I've waited this long, another 12 hours won't kill me! I want my wonderful Wife and Son to be here when I unbox it anyway. They're as excited as I am, and, maybe I'm a little whack, but I consider this to be one of the most memorable days of my Musical Career, if not my life. Maybe it's not up there with my Wedding or the birth of my Son, but I'd give it at least a top 10. Here we go again, is that a truck I hear in the distance?????
I'm positive I'll be inspired, I just hope I'm worthy........
danny_bryant
Member
Username: danny_bryant

Post Number: 54
Registered: 9-2007
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 1:36 pm:   Edit Post

Hold on Mike its almost here!!
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 139
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 2:07 pm:   Edit Post

I am currently green with envy.

Play it. Love it. Post sound clips as soon as possible. :-)
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1705
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 4:37 pm:   Edit Post

Deep breaths mike;-)

Graeme
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 271
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 6:30 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, Danny, Brian, and Graeme! I'll be talking to everyone here in about a month :-)

Gotta go, Things to do :-) Have fun, I am!!Mike, tho =] =] =] =]
deburgh
Junior
Username: deburgh

Post Number: 39
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

Awesome Mike!

Enjoy the moment, and be sure and let us know how it sounds!

Todd
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 274
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Monday, June 16, 2008 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, all.

I knew I said I'd be back in about a month, but life sorta got in the way. Sorry!
Real quick, and again I apoligize for my tardiness, my new Bass is everything I had expected, wanted, and dreamed about. Absolutely visually stunning, flawless in fit and finish, cool little things I never expected (like flame maple in the neck laminates, thank you Susan and Mica!) and bacically, makes everything else in my stable seem like a toy.
Untill recenty, I was playing in 3 bands, and have used her quite extensively live and actually got to do some studio work with her, too. I'll hook up a link soon. Cuts thru like nothing I've ever had before. I'm finally learning all the tones I can get from her, which are quite endless. And, I have yet to find one I really didn't like. I'm tickled to death with the electronics package, and I really don't know how much better she could possibly sound with Series. What she does now is phenominal. And, the sustain is virtually endless, and plays like lubed-up BUTTAH!! Like she was built just for my hand (Oh, guess she was=] Amazing.
As I stated, Life is getting in the way at the moment. I'm in the process of relocating to the Youngstown/Akron/Cleveland area, so, after 30 years of playing in the Dayton/Cincinnati area, I guess I'm gonna have to find some new people to play with when we get settled in. It sucks having to leave friends you've been playing music with for years.
I have plenty of pics in the ol' Digital, but havn't been able to get my future Daughter-in-Law to download and re-size them yet. I'll get them posted, along with a link to the recordings as soon as I can with everything else going on.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me through this whole process, she turned out to be a real GEM!!

Have fun, B Coool, Mike.......
dannobasso
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 764
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 12:45 pm:   Edit Post

Bring that bad sum bitch to an open mic night and watch the jaws hit the floor! Best of luck fortune and safety on the move and may you be gigging soon.
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 275
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, all.

Just wanted to post up some sound bytes of the wonderful mixture of wire, wood and electronics that makes up this amazing creation.
Not real great, recorded in the Singer/Harmonica Player's Brother-in-Laws home studio. Plugged direct into a Mackie Board thru my Ampeg SVP tube DI. Recorded into some type of computer set-up. Kinda dry, but gives a general idea of how well she cuts thru and how great she sounds. I find it really hard to play anything else now. Gigged this afternoon, played 5 sets, and used her for all but 2 songs. Picked up my Warrior, played it those tunes, and strapped the 'Bic back on. The Warrior is a terrific Bass, but, it's not the Signature......
http://www.myspace.com/thefinalsuspect

Have fun Mike......

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