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rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 4
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:29 pm:   Edit Post

For Sale: $7000

I love this bass. The primary reason why I'm selling it is that I much prefer a 4 string to a 5 string bass; I just don't need the low B. This Mark King plays and sounds gorgeous, everything you'd expect in an Alembic: huge versatility, big-ass boom, warm, vibrant, awesome. I can only describe its condition as near perfect, and I can't describe any visual (or sonic) flaws. Stats:

Cocobolo Top, Balance K Body, Omega, Tummy And Elbow Contours, Red Side LEDs, Abalone Inlays, Case



I'm not in a hurry to sell, so serious inquiries only, please. I'm also not interested in trade.

Happy to send more pictures upon request.

Ryan

(Message edited by Rmfarris on April 17, 2014)
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 322
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:38 pm:   Edit Post

If only it was a series I'd buy it because I'm in the market for a 5 string series.
rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 5
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9:12 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Charles - let me know if you change your mind as this baby is still for sale.
rmfarris
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9:20 pm:   Edit Post

charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 334
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:14 pm:   Edit Post

Can it be switched to accommodate series electronics?
rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 7
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 7:19 am:   Edit Post

I'm not sure if electronics ca be switched, but you may want to reach out to Alembic directly to get an answer to that question.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4078
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 10:56 am:   Edit Post

The problem that I've read about putting series into a non series body is the body thickness is not deep enough for the pots.
But I wonder if you added a book matched to centre rear laminate that would be a practical way to get more depth, albeit a quite expensive way to do it.
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1539
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Or a "bowl" cavity cover, though it won't look so nice...
Also if I'm not mistaken the pickup routings are deeper on non Series instruments, though it will not show it's not optimal. (iirc Series pickups are about half as thick as the Activators)
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3471
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post

How about a simple flat raised front mount control plate that is attached to the top of the instrument with machine screws with threaded inserts. The plate could be ANY material ; wood /aluminum or as you like it . I would choose brass personally . A nice surround shim could be fabricated from wood or other material. The correct needed tolerances could be established and then the fitted plate screwed into the inserts. The same could be done front mounted for the circuit board electronics with trim pots if needed on the upper half of the front And there we have it . ____ It could look nice and retro style! Is this too crazy ? Maybe ? LOL :-)
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4080
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 8:10 am:   Edit Post

A lot of possibilities although I would imagine the costs of any of our suggestions would, assuming the desire was there to do them, be quite steep as it's a lot of manual labour. But I like the style of brassware on good O'l #12
http://alembic.com/club/messages/402/33709.jpg

Jazzyvee
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3476
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 8:43 am:   Edit Post

Jazzy , yes AWESOME # 12 ! ____ I remember back in the 1970s when I would wander in to Alembic's old 320 Judah St location and then later at 60 Brady St , seeing many fine examples of modified instruments with brass plates and new creations with the such. One of my old Guild Starfires had a brass control plate installed by Alembic on it already when I first purchased it as a teen ager in the early 1970s.___
A completely retro brand new custom from Alembic with front mount brass plates would be indeed be Sweller then Swell in my eyes with big hat Raytheon knobs and all . ( I must sound like a broken record with that comment) LOL ! IF___ I had a custom build I think that might be the "Bees Knees " for me in design______ I have a picture in my mind completely with specs and details. ___California Dreaming Folks____!
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5780
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:46 am:   Edit Post

Did someone say "brass plate"?

#10.jpg

Bill, tgo
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1638
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 11:30 am:   Edit Post

Jazzy-

When I was planning my Elan build, I asked for a quote for the 'brass plate' on the front. I sent Susan a few sketches and the quote I got back wasn't entirely unreasonable at all. I vaguely remember it costing about the same as the ebony neck lam I had included in my bass and I think I essentially chose the neck lam over the brass plate.

I have no idea how things have changed or if my memory fails me regarding the price I was quoted. I also don't know how using the brass plate idea for series electronics (versus the signature I had) changes the ballgame. It IS an interesting possible workaround for the increased pot depth requirement. I'd love to hear Mica's thoughts on this.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3479
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post

Yes , I would be interested in Mica's thoughts as well .
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3480
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post

81-0325

Just a little brass plate on my 81 Distillate.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11392
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 2:14 pm:   Edit Post

Hey guys; you're hijacking a for-sale thread. This is a very interesting discussion, but it belongs elsewhere; not in this particular thread. In addition to which, the top on this bass is too beautiful to be cutting into.
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 338
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:37 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Dave
Perhaps you can help me because if it can be modified I think I will purchase it.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3482
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:59 am:   Edit Post

My apologies Dave , I was just trying to help with the brain storming in progress. :-)
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 2014
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

Charles,
Unless the bass had the Series prep I doubt the body is thick enough for Series electronics. Series instruments require a thicker body to contain the electronics. The only non-Series that I am aware of that can be modified after the fact is the Brown Bass but this might have changed over the years.

Keith
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11394
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

Chalie; I agree with Keith. My understanding is that unless the instrument was custom built for a future Series upgrade, the only non-Series model that can be upgraded to Series after it's been built is the Brown Bass.

Wolf; no problem. :-)
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 339
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you all
rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 8
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 11:30 am:   Edit Post

rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 9
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post

Just a couple more pictures of closer shots...
eastcoastepic
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Username: eastcoastepic

Post Number: 262
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Ryan, may I inquire as to her weight?
Thanks,
Chris
rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 10
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2014 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

Hi Chris - she weighs in at 10 LBS. Let me know if I can answer any other questions.

Cheers,

Ryan
rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 11
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

Bumpin' to the top of the stack. This baby is still looking for a good home. She's lonely! ;)
rmfarris
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Username: rmfarris

Post Number: 12
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 4:01 pm:   Edit Post

This baby is now SOLD.

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