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powdered_toast_man
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Username: powdered_toast_man

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2014
Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 7:35 am:   Edit Post

Hy guys. This is my first post, even though I've been an Alembic user for years (more than 10). I have an Epic 98 5 strings that was my first professional bass and have a lot of affection for it.
The thing is, I'm not using 5 strings anymore and with the passing of the years and buying other basses, this baby has been almost in the closet for a long time. I'm from Argentina and you don't get to see too many Alembics here, so I always thought if I would change ti (I could never sell it) it would be for the same bass on 4 strings. Recently I found a guy who is selling a 94 Epic 4 strings, just the same as mine, and I asked to change it, and he seemed interested.
The thing is I really love this bass, been on the road with it, used for recordings, I can always rely on it and know he's gonna make the trick. Would you change an instrument you really love, even for an almost identical one, just to keep using it?
It's a simple question, but for some matter I find it very hard to answer.

Anyway, just thought if anyone was going to understand this, it was going to be here.

Best regards!

PTM
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1610
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 8:06 am:   Edit Post

I understand the sentiment of instruments, but in my opinion, they are ultimately tools that are meant to be used.

If you've switched to 4's and the Epic 5 isn't getting played, why not get yourself a 4 string Epic? If you were to make the trade, would the Epic 4 get played regularly or as your primary bass? If so, then I say make the trade. If the 4 string epic wouldn't be your primary bass, then perhaps keeping the 5 makes sense.

Toby
jzstephan
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Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 226
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 8:13 am:   Edit Post

Why don't the two of you have a trial separation? If the bass swap doesn't work out in let's. say a month, trade back. You won't really know until you've lived with the instrument for a period of time.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11291
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

Hi PTM; welcome to the board!

If you are finding the question hard to answer, and if you keep coming back to the fact that you "really love this bass", then perhaps that's enough of an indication that now is not yet the time to part with the bass. Sometimes it is good to trust what you feel in your gut; and it sounds like your gut is telling you to hold on to the bass, at least for now.
powdered_toast_man
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Username: powdered_toast_man

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2014
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 - 5:37 am:   Edit Post

Thanks a lot for your comments! they were all really helpful. I don't know if it would be my primary bass, I have another basses and just bough one I like, though they doesn't have the quality of the Alembic. But I don't want to keep taking this baby out to the streets so often, to me it's like a special case.
Im gonna get with this dude and try this bass. Then gonna come back and think about it. And then finally, make a decision. I'll let you guys know.
I'd love to have the opportunity to buy another Alembic, I dream about the Spyder or Exploiter cause it rocks.

Cheers!
eligilam
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Username: eligilam

Post Number: 417
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 - 8:59 am:   Edit Post

"Powdered Toast Man"---hah, I haven't heard that in a while. Brings me back to the ole dorm room days.
germansal
Junior
Username: germansal

Post Number: 35
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post

NO MEJOR QUEDATELO,YO TAMBIEN SOY DE ARGENTINA Y TENGO HACE 21 AÑOS UN SERIES 1,SE LO Q SE SIENTE POR ESTOS BICHOS,ABRAZO LOCOĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦAH POR CIERTO ME LLAMO GERMAN SALVATIERRA PERO NO ESTOY ALLI DESDE 1998
powdered_toast_man
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Username: powdered_toast_man

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2014
Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post

Ya... Im a great Ren and Stimpy fan ;)
German que bueno leerte! ahi te agregue al facebook. Tenes razon la verdad es que no puedo hacerlo/ just can't do it

Abrazo / Cheers! thank to you all!
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2172
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 1:48 am:   Edit Post

Ren & Stimpy..hard to believe it was a kids cartoon...my favourites (as well as my 25 year old son's) are the ones where they throw the babies out and replace them and the dog show. It was very extreme and maybe not politically correct anymore but what a series!
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1664
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 4:32 am:   Edit Post

Ren & Stempy was no more a kid's cartoon than Rocky & Bullwinkle - maybe less so!
R&S was aimed squarely at the 20-something with a bong in his hand.

Peter
tncaveman
Advanced Member
Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 223
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

WOW - That's why we loved that show!

We also liked Topper - remember him?

Stephen

PS Sorry for the hijack! Just some old memories surfacing.

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