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kungfusheriff
Intermediate Member
Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 149
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 11:09 am:   Edit Post

A five-string Triple O with Anniversary (?) electronics just went up on the 'Bay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4713&item=3749009563&rd=1
bsee
Advanced Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 272
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 11:23 am:   Edit Post

Yep, it does appear to be anniversary electronics. The switch has to be a stereo/mono output since he doesn't mention LEDs and there is no battery compartment. It looks like an upgraded MK standard since there is also no back laminate. I also suspect that the "ebony neck" claim refers to the board. I can't tell with these pictures, but the stringers look more like purpleheart to me. It has no pistol grip, but I'm really starting to like that knobby peghead.

I am within 30 miles or so of the owner if anyone is seriously interested and wants an impartial opinion. If the owner is willing, I could go give it a look.

-Bob
wideload
Junior
Username: wideload

Post Number: 48
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 6:34 pm:   Edit Post

Pardon me while I expose my ignorance... Of what do Anniversary electronics consist? I am assuming MXY or AXY pups, or should I just wait for a more experienced member of the group to help me out? Thanks!

Larry
davehouck
Senior Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 856
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 6:53 pm:   Edit Post

Larry; I think Anniversary electronics are essentially Signature electronics with the addition of a master volume and a stereo/mono switch.
poor_nigel
Intermediate Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 173
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Larry:

Anniversary electronics use AXY4 humbucking pickups. There is a volume, Q switch (2 position - Off and 9K, I believe), and low-pass filter for each pickup, plus a four-position pickup selector for: neck, neck & bridge, bridge, and mute. It has a stereo output 1/4" jack and a selector switch for mono or stereo operation. There are trim pots under the back cover for each pickup to adjust their gain, however, you must remove the cover to do so. I think that about covers it.
(No master volume)

(Message edited by poor_nigel on September 16, 2004)
lothartu
Junior
Username: lothartu

Post Number: 39
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! $3500 and climbing.

That's a pretty cool looking flame-to-quilt top on it too.
s_wood
Member
Username: s_wood

Post Number: 86
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 4:30 pm:   Edit Post

I think I used to own that bass...or one that was nearly identical.

The description of the Anniversary electronics is exactly right.
davehouck
Senior Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 857
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2004 - 9:36 pm:   Edit Post

I stand corrected. Sorry for the misinformation.
poor_nigel
Intermediate Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 189
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 4:31 am:   Edit Post

Hey Dave, certainly no need for apologies. If I did not own one, I seriously doubt I would know as much as I do about 20th Anniversary electronics. It is a pretty subtle difference between 20th and signature electronics, really. Notice that I did not list the differences between the two, as I do not really know what signature electronics come with. BTW - It is always better to sit corrected, as it is more comfortable.

Are the people bidding on this going to pay retail for a used bass? Is that really 5A quilted maple? I have my doubts. Note that master grade flamed maple is a zero dollar increase on a signature model. It is not a full triple omega, as in the quote machine, as it has no pistol grip. I am thinking retail on this bass is more in the low to mid $7,000 range. The most I would pay for a used Alembic is 1/3rd current retail, and then it would have to be all that and a biscuit (just what I was looking for). If it were the above and more or less new, I would go up to retail. You can get new for 3/4ths retail, which this auction is quickly approaching.

A couple of people really want this bass, and I do not understand why, as I have seen better go for cheaper, and recently, and at a music store, which are always higher than eBay (From my experience, and you get service from the store). I must be missing something. Triple omega fans, what am I missing???
davehouck
Senior Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 858
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 6:59 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Nigel. I agree, in the pictures it does not appear to be a 5A quilt but does look like a nice flame; it would be interesting to see what the build sheet says. Personally, I like the look of the triple omega without the pistol grip as I think the overall flow of the lines is attractive. It is a nice looking bass.
poor_nigel
Intermediate Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 192
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post

Hey Steve, I am beginning to wonder if there is any bass around that you did not own at one time or another. I went through my old e-mails this morning looking for an old friend and saw one from the guy I bought my Tobias Signature from. I had always thought Steve Wood seemed very familar on here. Funny how the e-mail address on the e-mail in my save box matches the one listed on your profile. Ain't it a small world!
s_wood
Member
Username: s_wood

Post Number: 87
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 6:50 pm:   Edit Post

A Tobias Signature? Probably not me...what's the serial number? I have owned a bunch of Alembics over the years, though...

BTW, there are at least 3 other Steve Woods, according to Google. One is (or was) a porn star --not me, for sure. Another was a prog rock producer in England during the 70's (he produced a couple of albums by a group called Lone Star). The third guy lives about 15 miles away from me. Judging by the misdirected telephone calls I get, all of his buddies are raving drunks.
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 201
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 7:19 pm:   Edit Post

Serial Number 635, which makes it an 84 or 85. Since he started his serial numbering strangely, you subtract @ 174 from the serial number to determine @ how many basses were made before it (He started at 179 - first bass in the year 1979 - in his strange system, made 4 or 5 basses, and then went back to numbering them sequentially. Here is a pic from your auction:

Tobias Omega

swood@dca.net
s_wood
Member
Username: s_wood

Post Number: 88
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 7:48 pm:   Edit Post

Nigel:

Yep, that was my bass. I sold it to a guy in Maine, and oddly enough I got an e-mail from him just today. Is "the guy in Maine" you?

By the way, that Tobias was (is?) a great bass. It weighed a ton, and it sounded as good as a non-Alembic could :-)

(Message edited by s_wood on September 20, 2004)
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 202
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

Yep, that would be me. Still stuck in the Wasteland. I do not like the electronics in it much, and it has a short that I finally got a wiring diagram from Bartalini for this old setup. Next summer I have to pay some serious attention to getting this bass back up to snuff. It is a great bass, and my appreciation has grown more and more since I have got it. BTW - I love heavy basses, so this one is a gem to me.

You got any more old basses that you are looking to get rid of? If you ever get tired of your broken bass, let me know. However, I imagine that one is truly a keeper. Tis a small world, isn't it?
palembic
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 1604
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post

"I sold it to a guy in Maine ....is that you?" is one of the most amazing lines on this club ever. Completely describes the new internet world.
Anyway ...let's do this the old way: Steve let me introduce you to Thomas an eloquent and trustful clubmember, Thomas ...please meet Steve.


Paul the bad one
s_wood
Member
Username: s_wood

Post Number: 89
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 12:00 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! How cool is this?
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 207
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 7:33 pm:   Edit Post

Gee, there are only five billion people on the planet. The Internet does make the world smaller, more accessible. So, I think it is very cool, indeed!

Probably my favorite aspect of this club, besides the guitars and basses being discussed at all levels, is that people from all over the planet post on here. I especially like the posts from members in Germany and Holland, as I spent about six years there, and I miss the people and places. OK, I will stop yakking now.
the_mule
Advanced Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 262
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 12:54 am:   Edit Post

Nigel, I agree. I'm frequently visiting other forums also, but the amount of respect, useful information, positive vibes and good laughs you find here, especially amongst the frequent visitors, is truly exceptional. Unlike any other forum I know of it's even possible to talk about highly controversial subjects every now and then without things running out of hand...

Wilfred
s_wood
Member
Username: s_wood

Post Number: 90
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 6:10 am:   Edit Post

Another forum I enjoy, along with many of you, is The Bottom Line. It's an e-list, and its a great source of information about basses and music.

One time, I posted to a thread there about why we starting playing bass. I mentioned being influenced by the bass player in a band that played at a dance in my junior high school -- he was much louder than the guitar player, so I figured there was no point in playing guitar. Anyway, I remembered the bass player's name and mentioned it. Understand that the guy was someone I probably never spoke to, and hadn't seen since or heard from in 30 years. Of course, I wind up getting an e-mail from the guy, and I had the pleasure of knowing how touched and happy he was that he was able to influence me so profoundly, without even knowing it.

Only on the Internet!
davehouck
Senior Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 873
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 6:20 am:   Edit Post

Nice story Steve!
bsee
Advanced Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 290
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 1:15 pm:   Edit Post

And now the bass that started this thread is back on eBay, and with a similar model for much less money. I can't believe the first one went to $5500 and the guy didn't take the offer. You could just about buy the thing new for that!
lothartu
Junior
Username: lothartu

Post Number: 40
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 3:41 pm:   Edit Post

That's crazy that the guy didn't take it for $5500. It doesn't even have a wood backplate.
pace
Junior
Username: pace

Post Number: 50
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 5:34 pm:   Edit Post

I dont get it...... really.
pookeymp
Intermediate Member
Username: pookeymp

Post Number: 152
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Friday, September 24, 2004 - 8:31 am:   Edit Post

I just sold my Mark King a few months ago on ebay. The first time I put it up with a reserve, the bidders went up to $3,850.00...and my reserve was $3,900.00 (just $50.00 shy of what I wanted). I made an offer to the highest bidder for his bid price, and I made an offer to the next highest bidder for his bid price, and neither responded. So, it is possible that this guy would have taken their bid, but sometimes the bidders won't bite because they figure you'll relist the item at a lower price and they may come out with a better price the next time around.

You never really know how these things will work out, because the second time I listed my bass, I didn't put a reserve on it, and I got $4,100.00 for it, which was more than my reserve the first auction...go figure.

Mikey/

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