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Intermediate Member
Username: bumhucker

Post Number: 122
Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 5:07 pm:   Edit Post

proof of a parallel universe?

(Message edited by davehouck on March 13, 2007)
Username: chuck

Post Number: 85
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 5:20 pm:   Edit Post

Whats the story on these.I see what appears to be bolt on necks and other strange things.

Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 478
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 6:12 pm:   Edit Post

I could have sworn Ross Valery used one of these in White for the Journey Video "When you love a Woman".
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 154
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 6:59 pm:   Edit Post


This "ALEMBIC JAPAN" brochure is mine.
I posted this thread and Mica said about it this thread.
Another body style (maybe prototype) is here

Username: oujeebass

Post Number: 97
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 7:12 pm:   Edit Post

I want one!
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 550
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 7:13 pm:   Edit Post

I've been duly chastised about "guessing", but I vaguely remember that this was a distributor, and they had some deal to put the Alembic name on the basses. It was short lived.

They're pretty kooky looking.
Advanced Member
Username: 88persuader

Post Number: 283
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 9:17 pm:   Edit Post

Seems to me they would be a collector's item if you could get your hands on one, just because of the novelty.
Username: neyman

Post Number: 40
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 6:59 am:   Edit Post

There's one on the Ishibashi used instrument site


Here's the link:

Username: chuckc

Post Number: 50
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 11:56 am:   Edit Post

Danno, the bass you saw Ross playing was most likely a Curbow. They look very similar, but he has been playing that model for a number of years after he got the thrill of playing Ovation bassed out of his system
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 138
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:37 pm:   Edit Post

For once a legitimate bolt-on Alembic!
Advanced Member
Username: dfung60

Post Number: 233
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 1:47 pm:   Edit Post

I don't know the particular Journey video you cite, but Ross Valory played the Ovation Magnum bass for a number of years when Journey was gigantic and it too has a similar shape.

An interesting side point - the Magnum bass was the first graphite-reinforced, wood neck in commercial production. The parent company of Ovation was Kaman Corporation which was a leading fabricator of advanced composite parts (including many helicopter blades) for the military.

David Fung
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 479
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

Still is. They also own Hamer, LP, Toca, Gibralter, Genz Benz, Takamine, Gretsch, Sabian, Dixon Hardware, Seiko, Lee Oskar Harmonicas, Vic Firth etc.

I found the video. Not the same bass, ol' memory playin' tricks by gum!

Also Randy Jackon in Spandex and Cain with keetar!
Username: jahnahisti

Post Number: 51
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 6:29 pm:   Edit Post

There's one for sale (i think) on this site:

about 2,034.07 U.S. dollars

(Message edited by jahnahisti on March 13, 2007)
Advanced Member
Username: alembic_doctor

Post Number: 201
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 9:44 pm:   Edit Post

BTW danno. Those links both go to the same video. Bummer. I wanted to see Randy in spandex.

The cool thing (and bad thing) about youtube is that it pulls up allsorts of crazy videos that might be associated with the one you are watching. I just spent a few minutes re-living the eighties. THe hair. The colors on the clothing. The things that the producers though would look great in a video then are just plain silly now.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyWFa7L4s-0&mode=related&search=
Intermediate Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 116
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 5:41 am:   Edit Post

Small clarification, Danno - Kaman now owns Gretsch Drums, but Gretsch Guitars is currently a subsidiary of Fender.


(Message edited by Cozmik_Cowboy on March 14, 2007)
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1324
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 5:43 am:   Edit Post

Just heard a brand new Gretsch kit with a 20" deep bass drum. Scary deep!

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