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Username: the_axle

Post Number: 24
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, October 06, 2006 - 4:36 am:   Edit Post

Hello everybody,

I've seen several times on ebay Alembic basses sold at very low prices (700 euros for example for a Mark King Signature Deluxe in very good condition). I've read on a music magazine a story abaout a 1968 Fender Jazz Bass bought in China by a french musician that was, in fact, a very well done false Fender. Does anybody has experience in buying musical instruments in China? Have you heard about Alembic basses "Made in China" sold as real Alembic ones?
Thank you!

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Username: speicky

Post Number: 160
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, October 06, 2006 - 4:53 am:   Edit Post

ALL of the auctions that I spotted during the last few months were frauds. Original auctions were copied and lifted up on eBay either with a hijacked account or a newly created. AFAIK, there are no Alembics in China, there may be some good copies, but I would not spend a dime on one of these "occasions".

just my 2c, anyway...
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 68
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, October 06, 2006 - 7:25 am:   Edit Post

I don't know, I think there may very well be some Alembics in China. However, an "Alembic in China" is VERY DIFFERENT than an "Alembic being sold on eBay by someone in China." A subtle point, but let's not let the (deserved) anger at eBay scammers blind us to the fact that there are living, breathing people in China, including musicians.

That being said, I would steer clear of any of those eBay auctions. "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is."
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Username: jseitang

Post Number: 175
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, October 06, 2006 - 10:09 am:   Edit Post

indeed. i have a friend that has a distillate in shanghai.... he lives in china and is a musician.

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