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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 70
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 6:51 am:   Edit Post

Anyone have any experience with Alembic retrofitting a bass for LEDs? Have there been previous threads on this?
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3521
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 6:44 pm:   Edit Post

Here is a previous thread wherein Mica talks about an LED retrofit. Keep in mind that the post is from three years ago and that there have been some price increases since then. For a current quote, you may want to give Val a call.
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 1108
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 7:33 pm:   Edit Post

I believe that the list price for LEDs on a new instrument was something like $870 at the time this was quoted, so it wasn't a huge upcharge then for the after-market installation. I suppose it matters what sort of instrument you're retrofitting as well. For example, a series instrument might not need the battery cavity if the LEDs were to be powered from the 5-pin. It probably also matters what sort of backplate will cover the new battery compartment. Contnuous wood might not even be possible at this point, or at least would be difficult. Any kind of plating over brass would probably factor into the cost as well.

Dave's advice is sound, as always. Get yourself a quote from Valentino if you're really interested. That will take all of the variables into consideration.

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