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tdukes
Advanced Member
Username: tdukes

Post Number: 202
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 5:57 am:   Edit Post

It looks like Althea is for sale on ebay. Starting bid 18k. See here

Todd.
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 952
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

Um, that price is a little more than ambitious, given that the direct price from Alembic for a stock Tribute is only $14,900 (not including the potential for a significant discount if purchased from a dealer). And, the seller has zero feedback. I would be extremely cautious here.

(Message edited by hydrargyrum on April 07, 2011)
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4814
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 7:20 am:   Edit Post

The pics are all from the COTM page on Althea. The entire description is also directly lifted from the Alembic page. Can anyone say "red flag"?

Bill, tgo
tree63
Junior
Username: tree63

Post Number: 25
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 8:22 am:   Edit Post

"...Your friends are getting most concerned
Loose with the truth baby, itís your fire
Baby, I hope you donít get burned..."
apdavis
Intermediate Member
Username: apdavis

Post Number: 103
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 4:30 pm:   Edit Post

"weighted" instead of "waited" even though the selling location is in the US.
Just adding to the flags.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10129
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

Mica may have more on this later, but unfortunately, it's been confirmed that the auction is legitimate.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7281
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, April 08, 2011 - 4:36 pm:   Edit Post

Jim has advised me he will not have to sell this guitar, some other funds have come through for him and he is quite relieved. I think I'll go remind him to take the listing down.
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 954
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, April 08, 2011 - 5:38 pm:   Edit Post

I'm sorry I contributed to undue suspicion for the seller. I'm also glad he will be keeping his guitar. I've had to sell some guitars in the past due to finances, and it's never easy.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4817
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, April 08, 2011 - 11:03 pm:   Edit Post

I've never sold an instrument due to financial constraints without later regretting it. I always felt that when I found myself with no money and an instrument, if I sold the guitar, I'd have money for a little while, then I'd have no money again, but this time with no instrument and I'd have to figure something else out. So I always seemed to figure something else out without sacrificing the guitar to merely delay the inevitable. I think it's great that Jim is able to hang on to Althea as it really is a beautiful guitar that has some wonderful personal touches.

Bill, tgo
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 956
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Saturday, April 09, 2011 - 5:41 pm:   Edit Post

You said it Bill. The money never seems to last long enough, and the memory of the instrument never fades. Thankfully, that isn't a worry for me and my family at this time.
jon_jackson
Member
Username: jon_jackson

Post Number: 71
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 - 5:12 am:   Edit Post

It's been re-listed on eBay and has one bid of $16,500.
rustyg61
Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 92
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 - 9:21 am:   Edit Post

In my youth & ignorance, I sold my 1st Alembic, a Series 1, because I though I needed the money more than I needed the bass. I regretted it ever since! I agree with Bill, once you sell it, you have no Alembic & eventually the money is gone too. For many people, an Alembic is a once in a lifetime purchase & it should never be sold, unless it's to buy another Alembic!
hifiguy
Advanced Member
Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 274
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post

Rusty you are so right. I went through some truly terrible times 2-4 years ago but I never considered selling my Alembic.

I did sell a 1970 Hiwatt head that was too valuable to take out and play anymore, at least according to the insane price I got for it on EBay, and someone with more money than sense actually paid me $900 for an original Maestro Bass Brassmaster that I thought might get a $75 bid.

But the Alembic? Never. And when I go, any Alembics I own are going back home to the Mothership.
rustyg61
Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 93
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 - 9:32 am:   Edit Post

Selling your assets is like burning down your own house. You loose things that are irreplaceable! There are other ways to raise money besides giving up the things we cherish the most!

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