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hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1116
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Hey Everyone,

I picked up this bass with the hopes of passing it on to the bass player in our band because it seemed like a really good deal. He's now having second thoughts (he has a new baby on the way and senior management seems to be enacting veto power). It's an '89 Tulipwood Elan, 5 strings, with three Purpleheart neck laminates, what appears to be a maple body, and Volume, Pan, Filter, and Q Switch. The bass has some dings, and the finish is cracked around the input jack (so someone must have stepped on a cord at some point). The jack is stable and completely functional. Otherwise it is in great shape, and it plays and sounds wonderful. Iíve requested a full build sheet from Alembic, and an estimate to recreate the instrument. Back in 2008 Mica had this to say about Tulipwood:

ďTulipwood is a premium wood. As a member of the Rosewood family, it sounds pretty much like Rosewood, Coco Bolo, etc.Ē

Tulipwood is listed as an $800 upgrade on the site, and the Purpleheart laminates are also a nice upgrade. Iím not desperate to sell it, and have really been enjoying the opportunity to play it. The reality of the situation is that I can probably only justify keeping it for so long before I need to consider selling it (since I play lead guitar in our band, and itís just going to sit in a case). Before I sell it Iím going to buy a new case and strings (the previous owner wrapped the G string around the capstan in the wrong direction, which bugs me from a cosmetic perspective). Unlike instruments Iíve shipped in the past, Iím not taking any chances, so this will be sold with the new case and professionally packed by the shipping company.
Iím open to serious offers, and would like to sell it for a fair market value. For the sake of full disclosure, I bought it for $1600, but I think itís probably worth quite a bit more. Iím in no rush to sell it, but if someone made an offer I thought reasonable, I would let it go. Iíll accept paypal provided that the buyer pays the fees. Iíd also accept money order, or personal check (but I would have to wait for the check to clear). Shipping will also be the buyerís responsibility. Iíll take some more photos soon, but this collage should give you a rough idea.

89 Elan Tulipwood

(Message edited by hydrargyrum on February 08, 2012)
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1119
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post

Looks like this one is probably sold. I showed it to a coworker who fell in love with it (like everyone I've shown it to). We're working out the details, but I'm putting it on hold for him.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2764
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 4:04 pm:   Edit Post

Wow that's a beauty. I hope the sale goes well.
Jazzyvee
chrisalembic
Intermediate Member
Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 144
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post

Hey did this bass sell already?
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1120
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 11:58 am:   Edit Post

Things are kind of up in the air for me. My coworker would very much like to buy it, but he needs to be sure he can arrange for the funds. Within a week or so he said he would try to place a large deposit on the instrument. If he cannot do so, I will likely be putting it back up for sale.
chrisalembic
Intermediate Member
Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 145
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

Okay, I understand. Just keep me up to date on things. Thanks.

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