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mica
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Post Number: 8267
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Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:12 pm:   Edit Post

We are starting !!



Sorry for huge picture size- I will resize later (or Adriaan will)
davehouck
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Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:55 pm:   Edit Post

Say hello to everyone for me please!
alembic76407
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Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, now that's a cat tree !!!!
jacko
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Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:16 am:   Edit Post

WOw! wish I could have been there.

Graeme
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

The 5-string Rogue (?) with the creme MXY's (?) is fetching.
mica
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Post Number: 8269
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

OK, I'm getting my pictures together just now. I thought I'd post more during the Gathering - but I didn't manage to steal away very much.

Here's the setting, atop the Berkeley Hills. Many of us kept going to the window and outlooks just to appreciate the wonderful setting.

Mount Diablo
Mount Diablo
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:45 pm:   Edit Post

It was pretty hot when folks started to arrive. So we mostly just stayed hydrated and talked until the shade hit the canopy around 2:00

Wolf and Ron
Wolf and Ron, the green shirt club.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:49 pm:   Edit Post

As more people arrived, the population of amazing guitars and basses began to expand.

Even more beauties!
1972 through 2014 builds represented here.

(Corrected the date range with Bill's prompting - serves me right for trying to talk on the phone and post pictures at the same time!)
mica
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Post Number: 8272
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

It was 2:00 and the music started. Even though we were going to take the group picture at 2:00, the time was right for tunes.

Wolf on bass
Wolf plays his Zebrawood Distillate.

Every time I hear this bass, I am amazed at how full the tone is. I probably should be amazed any more, but these instruments still surprise me after all these years.

Also, Wolf is a fantastic musician, so that's got to be the largest portion of the enjoyable tone.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:57 pm:   Edit Post

Matt
Matt playing his Zebrawood Series I guitar.

Likewise with Matt. Sweet tone!
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:09 pm:   Edit Post

Finally started to get the pictures going at around 3:00 or so. First a few smaller group shots.

Sam taking pictures
Sam taking a small group picture of Wolf, Nate, and Ken.


audience!
Tina, Barbara, Sarah, and Eileen enjoying the day



Then the "Painted Ladies" as they were known
Painted Ladies
Eric and Dave with their lovely tinted Alembics.


Not quite like herding cats, but we did manage to get the group shot. This was at Sam's request because we usually have no agenda at all, so even though we were an hour late taking the photo, it really happened!

Group
Group shot of all the players that came with at least one instrument from each.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:11 pm:   Edit Post

The splinter group of Alembicized Fenders gathered for their picture.

Alembicized
Jerry, Harry, and Matt.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:14 pm:   Edit Post

Deep, technical discussions always abound at these events.

gathering 2014
Ron and Jerry.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:27 pm:   Edit Post

Time to get back to music!

Harry SC5
Harry plays his Walnut/Bubinga Stanley Clarke 5

Harry also played drums, but I didn't get a picture of him. I tried hard to get a "Band of Gypsies" trio set up, maybe next year, guys!
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:30 pm:   Edit Post

OK, if memory serves, I believe they were playing Sugaree.

Jam on
Jerry and Matt.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:32 pm:   Edit Post

Time to unwind and look at the view upside-down!

ready to invert
Will getting ready to invert.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:34 pm:   Edit Post

After a short consultation with Ron, Matt's Fender is ready to repair.

scalpel, check.
Matt and Ron.
mica
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:40 pm:   Edit Post

And at the end, we all just enjoyed the wonderful setting.

strolling along
Harry and Mika returning from their walk.

The day was beautiful, filled with beautiful smiling faces and beautiful music. I didn't get pictures of the downstairs jam, so I hope some more images start getting posted.

Thank you everyone for coming and making this just a really great day!
lbpesq
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Post Number: 5828
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:02 pm:   Edit Post

Mica wrote:
"1973 through 2014 builds represented here"

Actually, there were even two representatives from 1972, #10 & #12, together in the same room for the first time in 42 years! Sam took a pic of the two old warriors together which I suspect will be posted here in the near future.

Senior Management and I were delighted to welcome all of the wonderful people and amazing instruments to our new home. I think all the activity scared away the wildlife for the day (though I heard of one deer sighting), but our raft of wild turkeys were back again on Sunday.

Bill, tgo
kenbass4
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Post Number: 431
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm:   Edit Post

(Tried to post earlier, but got the file locking error...probably Mica posting her pictures!)

I wanted to thank Bill and his wife for putting up with all of us, and of course Mica, Ron and the rest of the alembic crew for giving us such inspirational works of art. I had a great time (as always)
jazzyvee
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:41 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like you guys had a blast.
davehouck
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:51 pm:   Edit Post

Pictures!!!!
davehouck
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Post Number: 11516
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:54 pm:   Edit Post

Wonderful pics Mica! The variety of shots you have of people, instruments, and ambiance helps give a good feel of the day. It makes me happy just seeing the pictures!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3603
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:02 pm:   Edit Post

My sincere thanks to Bill & Tina for having us . I also would like to thank Ron & Mica for all that they do every day to support us in so many ways in addition to those wonderful conversations that I always learn something new from .
mtjam
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Post Number: 201
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:23 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like everyone had a great time. I hope to meet all of you one day!

Keep those pictures coming!


The 5-string Rogue looks a lot like the one that Will Gunn has for sale on his website.
flpete1uw
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Post Number: 380
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

Oh what fun this looks like all is having! Relatively new to the Alembic world and no doubt outclassed musically by this amazing group. I do so need to get to one of these events. I almost feel like I know a few of you enough already!
Being outclassed never stopped me before and what an experience it would be.
Peace and Joy to you all,
Pete
sonicus
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:06 pm:   Edit Post

#12

#12 !
rustyg61
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Post Number: 1314
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:09 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the pictures Mica! It looks like a great turn out & great time for everyone! Wolf, loving the new beard trim!
sonicus
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Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:09 pm:   Edit Post

Jerry's Jazz!

Jerry's Jazz !
sonicus
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Post Number: 3606
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:22 pm:   Edit Post

HI Rusty ! ____ Thanks __, from time to time my face shrub gets a new look .
rustyg61
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Post Number: 1315
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:28 pm:   Edit Post

Always great to see you Wolf, in all of your incarnations!
oddmetersam
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Post Number: 366
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:04 pm:   Edit Post

Here's my group shot. There were still a number of instruments being played outdoors or downstairs.
group shot

Three of Ken's basses on display.
Ken 3

Wolf and his Distillate, Nate and his new pride and joy and Ken with his series II Rogue.
trio outside

Closeups of Nate's and Ken's spectacular instruments.
nate and ken

Nate's scorpion bodied monster! Like all the other instruments on hand, pictures don't even remotely do justice to the sheer beauty of an Alembic.
nates monster

Eric and Dave
alemeric and dave

Mica and Ron share a laugh. These gatherings are the highlight of my year!
mica and ron

My bass is the one being held by Ron in one of Mica's pictures. The experience was so intense, she had to have a cigarette, afterwards!
my bass

Bill, our gracious host, shows off the exquisite back woods of "Woody". This guitar is a stringed jewel.
woody back

Bill, Matt and Wolf getting down to business.
bill matt wolf

Matt
matt airborne

Wolf's single pickup Distillate. Echoing Mica's comments, I told Wolf at the gathering that I love his tone.
wolf solo

Harry and Will. Harry is equally adept at pick playing as well fingerstyle and can transition seamlessly between the two.
harry and will

I apologize for not remembering this gentleman's name but he was BLAZING on guitar!
blazing guy

David Pinto brought a rare 5-string Ampeg Baby Bass.
Pinto

As mentioned earlier, rare circumstance reunited Alembic #12 on the left and #10 on the right after about 42 years. Incredible mojo!
history
rustyg61
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Post Number: 1316
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:36 pm:   Edit Post

Awesome pictures Sam! Thanks for sharing!
sonicus
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Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Sam it was great to see you there ! Thanks ___ . I am sorry that we did not get to speak a little more there . The fellow wearing the white hat and playing a PRS is Steve . He is indeed quite a talented guitar player and a Master of controlled feedback and the whammy bar ____ besides his vast playing ability spanning a wide genre of styles from jazz standards to various jam band styles ; Dead / Quicksilver... etc ... ... I have been playing with him in various musical configurations for a few years now . He attended the 2012 Gathering as well .

(Message edited by sonicus on September 15, 2014)
alemberic
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Post Number: 113
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:14 pm:   Edit Post

Bill and Tina, thank you so much for your hospitality and for putting up with all of us! It's been a few years since I was able to attend the NorCal gathering, and it was great reconnecting with a few Alembecians I knew, as well as meeting new ones.

As always, thank you Mica, Ron, and the entire Alembic staff for everything you do, and have done, for so many years, with such a commitment to quality. Long live Alembic.

Eric
oddmetersam
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Post Number: 367
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, Rusty! I've been off the music grid for about a month and it's great to get back in the swing of things. Glad you're doing well and your own bass is already creating quite a stir!

Wolf, always a pleasure to see you. Thanks for the heads up regarding Steve. I'd met him before but I'm terrible with names....
kenbass4
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Post Number: 432
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

Okay, here's a weird serendipity moment...

Steve, who I've now met twice at Alembic gatherings, lives a quarter mile from me! He asked casually what town I lived in, replied with "So do we! What Street? So do we!" Alembic does, literally, make the world smaller!
:-)
davehouck
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Post Number: 11517
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 8:30 am:   Edit Post

Sam and Wolf, thanks for posting more pics! I'm really enjoying seeing the faces, the instruments, the ambiance.
growlypants
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Post Number: 101
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 9:58 am:   Edit Post

Indeed! Thanks a ton, - it's so nice to see these pics! (SOME day...)
pauldo
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Post Number: 1265
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

Are thos Sierra Nevada Torpedoes I see on the table in front of the 'audience'?
Mmmm - oh and those instruments look delicious also.
:-D

#12 was there without Keavin?
I think I recall him saying it was going back to the Mothership for some work . . .
lbpesq
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Post Number: 5829
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. And wherever #12 is, Keavin is there in spirit.

So, when do we start planning NorCal 2015? lol

Bill, tgo
jcdlc72
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Post Number: 381
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

Oh, the envy of it all!!!.

Hopefully I will attend one of these meetings someday. I will be delighted of sharing in person wih the entire Alembicians family!

Greets!
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1317
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

Good to see you back Sam! All your pictures are awesome, but I especially like the one of Mica & Ron & Nate's Scorpion is to die for!!
davehouck
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Post Number: 11519
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

Yes; the picture of Mica and Ron is very cool!
jacko
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Post Number: 3580
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:16 pm:   Edit Post

Sandra's asked for more photos of the house Bill and she says hi to Tina and Mica. Seems vastly different to the old place. Roll on the 2017 get together. Let me know the date soon and I'll make sure I'm there :-)

Graeme

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