Post Number: 15
|Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 9:26 pm: |
Paid a visit to my local Alembic dealer, Planet Bass, today after seeing that he had a Balance K Heart Omega MK Std in stock. What a stunning instrument. I've seen wild woods on instruments before, but this took the freaking cake and then some. This wood is NOT done justice by any picture and it looked like a particularly superb piece of marble. The beast also had a pair of PH stringers and made my cherished Stan Std look and sound, well, ordinary. In 35 years of playing, I have never experienced a body design as perfectly comfortable and ergonomically shaped as the Balance K. And that heart omega is pretty enough to make a grown bass player cry.
On top of that he had a Stan Deluxe with a vermilion core - 10.5 + pounds (!!) and sustain for days. I'd bet that bass is still ringing and I played it eight hours ago.
When I get my custom, it is certainly going to have a balance k body. At least I can skip the buckeye for that bass, as it would overshadow the inlay I plan for the upper lower bout.
All hail Alembic!
Post Number: 1069
|Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2006 - 8:22 am: |
It's just the craziest thing . . . as much as we all love these things, we NEVER get to see enough of them. When I went to see Will Gunn, he pulled out his COTM, the Cocbolo Fantasy. I know EXACTLY how you feel . . . it's like a UFO sighting: I saw SOMETHING, but I'm damned if I can adequately put it into words.
I often think they should have smelling salts and oxygen handy when you take the tour in Santa Rosa.
J o e y