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Username: yogalembic

Post Number: 10
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 10:53 am:   Edit Post

This unit has been there for years. No listed price, so I called.
"Uh, okay. Thanks for your time."
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Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 224
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 2:34 pm:   Edit Post

That place is nuts. I played their tribute (I believe it was stolen at some point actually) But I played it at least 6 years ago, back when I was still in high school at their booth at a guitar show. The guy had the nerve to come up to me and yell "woah woah, be careful thats an $8,000 guitar!" My response was, I know exactly what it is, thats why I picked it up! haha We talked for a little, and apparently I knew way more about Alembic guitars than him. haha

Anyway, similar story.
A year back I called them, hoping I could use the argument "You've had this thing for over 5 years (i know because I played it back then) , and its been on the floor, who knows how many hands have played it, how about knocking the price down a little?" They didn't budge, and I moved on thinking to myself, they will have that thing for another 5 years.

Its funny. People go online and see these things list new for 10-12 grand, and assume they are sitting on some sort of gold mine, refusing to budge a dime.

If only they knew what Alembics re sell for on average. Still pricey, but no one will pay ten grand for a guitar when they can order a custom build for about the same price.
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 469
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 8:36 pm:   Edit Post

Years ago I worked in a camera store and they had a rare Hasselblad camera at a crazy price (gold plated model). I once asked about it and they told me that the store owner liked it there and thought it gave the store more credibility.

Some people really don't want to sell their stuff...
Username: yogalembic

Post Number: 15
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post

What prompted my call to NJ Guitar and Bass is that I'm finally actively seeking my very first Alembic (a Series I or Distillate).

Shucks, a brand new Brown or SC can be had for less than NJ is asking for the Series I.

I love the "thrill of the chase"!
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Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 226
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 1:51 pm:   Edit Post

Yoga, you should have no problem finding a series I bass for around $3500 if you are patient. I'll let you know if I see any that stand out!
Username: yogalembic

Post Number: 22
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 1:58 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks much! Patience, indeed. Either a Series I or Distillate (my preference).

I've had several interactions on this sight regarding my search, including Mica. Great folks here!

Cash money at the ready. I love the thrill of the chase. : ))
Username: urmsoniac

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2012
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 2:20 pm:   Edit Post

I played this instrument in the store in Edison, NJ a few hours ago. Had no idea it had been there for so long. It's still $7500.00 and they wouldn't even consider a trade for a Wal MkII 5 string towards it.

I think gtrguy is right: Some folks must not want to sell their stuff..
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Username: eligilam

Post Number: 388
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 - 7:03 am:   Edit Post

Wal MK II 5 string, eh? Hmmmmmmm...
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Username: yogalembic

Post Number: 138
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 - 4:55 pm:   Edit Post

I can't understand their game! This thing has been there for years and years.

I say, let 'em keep the thing.
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Username: pasewark

Post Number: 167
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 - 5:22 pm:   Edit Post

"Never give a sucker an even break" - WC Fields
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Username: wookie

Post Number: 117
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 - 5:54 pm:   Edit Post

Are they an Alembic dealer? Idk, but I'd guess not. So it's a matter of making the store "look cool." I worked at a store in Ann arbor that was supposedly legendary, the best and blah blah blah.... Yea, I worked there for 3 years, it totally sucked. The only thing legendary was the cheapness of the owner And aside from everything else the owner promised me a raise....... Never got it. That's an aside. There was literally a guitar there made "by the owner" (which means the guys that did the repair work built it) for 20 years for like $8k or something. I quit needless to say but that guitar was still there 9 years ago.

What I'm saying is that they don't want to sell it, they know no one will pay that much, but is there another place close that has one???? Probably not. Isn't this the same place that had a spoiler bass with a crack in it for the low price of $2600 about 2 years ago? Again I said, " thanks for your time."
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Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 374
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

Sometimes a store will keep a "trophy" place just to generate traffic. They may never sell the trophy, but maybe something else will be purchased with new potential customers looking just to kick tires. I was at Sam Ash in NYC on 48th Street (soon to move to near 34th Street, hard to see Music Row shrinking). They had a refinished 1961 Jazz Bass that looked awesome, but at least they stated it was not for sale, as it was stored in a glass case for maximum viewing. I almost purchased a Levy's leather bass gig bag, on the rebound from ogling over that refinished bass.
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 188
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 - 11:37 pm:   Edit Post

So ...where's the photos?!

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