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Username: precarius

Post Number: 74
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post

Here are my symptoms. Daily checking E-Bay for Alembic deals, making and revising a list of "Dream Bass" specifics, saving the empty boxes I get from Alembic just cause it says Alembic, I love the Alembics I have, but it always seems there is another one I want. Should I worry, or is it normal?
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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 583
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

Loving Alembics and wanting more - normal
Parking the Lexus in the weather because the garage is full of Alembic boxes - worry (However, someone just gave $160+ for an old Fender cloth.)
Making a prioritized list of the Alembics you want to buy next - normal
The kids going hungry to feed GAS - worry
Checking e-bay to see what things are currently going for - normal
You're probably okay.
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 696
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 1:41 pm:   Edit Post

You're utterly right that they're addicting.

I love my other basses. Yet EVERY time I pick up the BigRedBass and start playing, it just RIGHT THERE . . the action, the look, and the sound. I always hear every note on the BRB as if they were under the light of a Super Trooper. My other axes, this part of the neck, that tone from the pickups, then I start noticing the construction and hardware . . . well it's just not fair to them. And they would be just great had I not know about Alembic. I often say if this was a piano, it would have to be a Bosendorfer or German Steinway. It's just that good. It's truly a lifetime instrument, not many electrics you can say that about. To me they are a perfect blend of art and technology, a blend that often leans too far to one side or the other. Not these.

I often joke that IT owns ME and not the other way around. It's ALWAYS in the back of my mind.
As I can scarcely believe I'm fortunate enough to have it. I could care less what they cost, as the way it makes me feel is priceless.

Plus the best part is it reminds me of the wonderful people that built it and the gang of friends I've made in this forum. Only makes it all the more special.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you, and everyone in Santa Rosa. Where would I be without the (BAD)Paul, Bob, Dave, and Susan, Val, Mica, Mary, and everyone in Santa Rosa? Not often in this cold old world you can get adopted into a great family!

I know I'm gushing . . .

J o e y
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 116
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 5:34 pm:   Edit Post

i know I've been bitten buy the bug. I've looked and wished for years then when I finally purchased my first Alembic, BAM I get 2 an still looking...we're allowed only one wife (mate), but I've never heard of Alembibigamy.
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Username: ajdover

Post Number: 333
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post

I think Olie's coined some new words ...

Alembigamist - 1. Owner of more than one Alembic instrument. 2. Person actively playing or owning more than one Alembic instrument.

Alembigamy - 1. The act of owning and/or playing more than one Alembic instrument. 2. Description of multi Alembic ownership.

And I'm proud to say I am an Alembigamist! May I not be the first or the last!

With tongue firmly planted in cheek,

Senior Member
Username: jlpicard

Post Number: 402
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 11:29 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Rich, since I live in Utah, does that make me an
"Alembpolygamist"? ;)
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 69
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 1:16 am:   Edit Post

That's just sick, just sick.....but I really really like it!
Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 584
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 5:11 am:   Edit Post

Well, I have heard you refer to one of your Alembics as your "other wife." Sounds like Alembpolygamy to me.
Intermediate Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 117
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 5:42 am:   Edit Post

I think my "Alembigamy" has gotten out of hand. Last night my oldest daughter was out of town, my wife and I had the house all to ourselfs,nuyk, nyuk , nyuk,. And know what happened. My wife slips up to bed ........puts on some Marvin Gay.........lights a few candles.........and I' m sitting down stairs with a set of head phones plugged in to my MK 5 till 2:30 am this morning!
Ain't love grand!
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Username: ajdover

Post Number: 334
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 6:06 am:   Edit Post


You realize, of course, that as a married man you're going to hell for that bit, right?

Ah well, look at it this way ... at least you're not out running the streets. When and if this happens again, just tell your wife that you're committing "adultery" with an inanimate object of your affection. I'm sure it will go over well - NOT!

Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 632
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 7:15 am:   Edit Post

I have probably had 25 or so Series basses over the years.

Nah, they are not addictive at all.
Senior Member
Username: rami

Post Number: 539
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 8:01 am:   Edit Post

My name is Rami, and I'm an Alembic-aholic. I first deveolped this problem when I walked into Steve's Music store in downtown Montreal and picked up this:

My life has never quite been the same since.
Username: bassdr

Post Number: 59
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 10:55 am:   Edit Post

Hi, my name is Michael B. and I too am an Alembaholic- so far I have been able to limit myself to just Flame Koa Essence, however I feel the pull of further Alembaholisim. I look at ebay daily (multiple times!) To see what is for sale and spend time on the Alembaholic web site chatting with other addicts- I need help, please ;) you people are just TOO much fun! Michael
Advanced Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 367
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post

And isn't it wonderfull how we all get support for continuing the addiction!

Advanced Member
Username: malthumb

Post Number: 377
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 3:36 pm:   Edit Post

My name is James. Since my first experience with a Spoiler, I have ventured into stronger and more potent forms of Alembic. Over time I even became heavily involved in Alembic trafficking. Yes, I bought and sold Alembics. I've even encouraged others to partake of Alembics. On occasion I have directed potential Alembic users to my supplier.

As all this was going on, I started actively seeking pictures of Alembics on-line. I've downloaded pictures, I've posted pictures. Then I ran across pictures posted by some guy named Rami. I delved into a new level of voyeurism. I guess in the 12 step process, the first step is admitting you have a problem. The next step is seeking help. Well, I don't want help. I want to continue to feed the addiction. Anybody got a problem with that?


Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1127
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 4:53 pm:   Edit Post

Grant me the serenity
to accept the strings I cannot change;
courage to change the strings I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Bill, tgo
Username: maclamb

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

My first post.
I am a hobbyist, played in bands over the years. Had fender, Pedulla, Carvin Fretless. And bough an Alembic series 1 about 20 years ago for $800 in Atlanta.
Loved its sound, but, I wanted a 5 string, found it too heavy and couldn't figure out all the little knobs. Sold it on ebay years ago to buy my current car.
So, now I have no ax and am looking. I played a Modulus Q5 and loved the sound and A Warrior and loved the feel and sound - I live 20 miles south of Alembic HQ and will go over and see what they have.
Now my question. I've only played the series 1 and it is WAY out of my price range. For between 1000 and 1500 what would you suggest I look for. I want a nice sounding bass (Casady is my hero - love the sound of his bass on Hot Tuna) but, as a hobbyist and soon to buy a house, I need some ting affordable that I will love
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 2342
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 11:00 pm:   Edit Post

Brother James,

you forgot to mention that you were the one who invented a feasible step-by-step program "how to acquire expensive Alembics with the least financial pain and a minimum of senior management interference".
Something with "Malthumb" and "acquisition" and it became one of our funny letterwords again ...uhuh ....yep it "MAAM" = Malthumbs Alembic Acquisition Method.
Can you imagine how many innocent souls you have seduced to jump into the deep of the Alembic crypt that way???

Paul TBO

(Message edited by palembic on March 19, 2006)
Advanced Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 383
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 11:43 pm:   Edit Post

I think,
Therefore Alembic.

Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 50
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post

I can help!! I have developed a twelve step program for Alembaholics. The first step involves selling me your best Alembic for a song. Then on to thinning the rest of your herd. If you have more than 12 Alembics you are out of luck and are incurable.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3500
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 7:29 pm:   Edit Post

Joe; welcome to the group! In that price range there are a lot of nice Alembics available. Check out the For Sale section of this board.
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 784
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 12:58 am:   Edit Post

I'm an Alem-bigot,,,(i don't particulary care for any other race of Bass)!

(Message edited by keavin on March 22, 2006)
Senior Member
Username: jlpicard

Post Number: 405
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post

It is comforting to know that there are many others out there with the same affliction!
Intermediate Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 139
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 8:36 pm:   Edit Post

Fancy inlays, wood upgrades, and plated hardware..."Alembling"?

If so, at what point would it actually become "Alembling-bling"?

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