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Scott Stillwell (sstillwell)
Username: sstillwell

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2003 - 9:47 pm:   Edit Post

Let's see...I've had my Alembics for a few years now, but haven't been back to the website in a quite some time. Outstanding to find a discussion board here!

I have two Epics...a 4-string ('94 Wenge) and a 6-string ('94 Flame Maple). I had a short affair recently with a modified Fretless Mexican Fender Jazz (Badass bridge, EMG pickups, new tuners...I spent more on aftermarket gear and installation than I did on the bass...), but I played the Epic 6 Friday night at a gig and fell in love all over again. Someday I WILL have a fretless Alembic...mark my words...

Depending on the gig, I play through either a little Hartke Kickback 120 with a 12" paper-coned driver (for quieter pseudo-jazz-pop gigs), or through my primary rock-n-roll rig, which is a AKG rackmount diversity wireless (the only wireless I've ever used that hasn't compressed the snot out of my signal) into a David Eden Highwayman (250W+250W) run bridged into an early-model Hartke 4x10 cabinet. It thumps! I take a direct signal from the dedicated direct out on the Eden to run to the PA.

Most of the time I play the Epic hands are too small to play the 6 for extended periods without significant discomfort. I mostly switch to it as needed, then switch back to my baby.

I've been tinkering with the idea of running a better pre (like an Alembic, drool, drool) into an old Crown D150 that I have. I'm sure it'd be clean and clear, but I'm not sure that I'd like to give up the headroom. Whaddaya think?

Glad to be here...thanks to everybody at Alembic for providing a place for us to hang out!

(Message edited by sstillwell on February 26, 2003)
Paul Lindemans (palembic)
Advanced Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 273
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2003 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Scott,

welcome and good to have you here.
The "Other Paul" will be come along and do some official welcoming (he is very good at that ...and a lot of other things of-course).
Brother: take that old Pentaclickon camera from the shelf, in invest in a small filmroll and show us some pictures man!


BTW: you have to watch out that drooling gives nasty keyboards. I guess is why most "on-line" Alembic fans have always a handkerchief on the hand.
Can you imagine your daughter yelling through the house: "Daaaa-ad have been to the Alembic site again, the computer is completely drooled over" LOL ;-)
Dave Houck (davehouck)
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 36
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 7:22 am:   Edit Post

Hi Scott; my personal preference given your information would be to stay with the Eden instead of the D150. For me, the difference in power would be significant. But it depends on your own tone and playing conditions. The tone I've been experimenting with recently has a lot of low end and a significant cut in the midrange; so I need a lot more power to cut through two guitar players than I did when I was playing with the amp's tone controls set flat.

Scott Stillwell (sstillwell)
Username: sstillwell

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 8:45 am:   Edit Post

Paul, Thanks!!! I keep saying I'm going to get a digital camera soon. In the meantime...


Those are about the closest I have to decent pictures of my Epic 4. Don't have any pictures of the 6-string...and even though I play the 4-string more often, it's the 6 that's really the pretty one.

That's not to say that the four-string is ugly, no, indeed. I like it just fine. It's just that the dark Wenge doesn't show its highlights as's more of a tactile, "feel" thing.

Dave, yeah, I think that's why I haven't already done it. I've already upgraded my Eden from a Traveler to the Highwayman and really like the extra "oomph". I do tend to run with very little EQ applied at the amp, though. OTOH, I do run the Alembic's bass and treble controls ALL the way up. If I saw that on a PA or a home stereo I'd be tempted to whip the owner senseless, but on this rig it sounds gooooood.



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