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robbiebassepic
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Username: robbiebassepic

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 - 11:57 pm:   Edit Post

Hello fellow Alembic devotees, I currently own an Epic 5 fretless QMT - my better half!lol - I adore this bass. Ive been using a Fender for my fretted work, but I need a fretted Alembic to complete my sound. Really need a Series 1/2 or a signature mod ( luv Custom K's aswell!!).

In the UK they are so rare its unbelievable - and the registered distributer is selling used Series 1/2 models for the same price as brand new equivalents would cost direct from alembic!!!

So I need a private sale as I am not a wealthy man,
If anyone has any ideas that could help me then do a post!!
Also,please comment on these hardships suffered by UK and to a lesser extent, European musicians
who are being priced out of the market for the few high-end Alembics we have over here.
Thanks guys
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 233
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 12:04 am:   Edit Post

Robbie-

There are several used series I basses up for sale in the For Sale & Trade section. If you go there now, the first two basses listed are late 70's Series I's.

Good luck finding what you need!

BTW: if you think Alembics are rare in the UK, you should try getting one in NZ =)
robbiebassepic
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Username: robbiebassepic

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 12:29 am:   Edit Post

I hear you friend, NZ must be worse geographically
But we have this insane exchange rate here,the ú is so strong that American products get sold for way too much here!- shops make too much profit! even on mass produce like Fender!!!

PS I am a bit paranoid of getting Alembic from USA due to shipping issues - if i put out for my Alembic and it got damaged, even slightly - well i couldnt be held responsable! - It has happenen with other musical instuments.
I could be wrong though,
THNX tbrannon - what basses do you have
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 235
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 12:34 am:   Edit Post

I hear what you're saying about shipping- but there is insurance- after all Alembic ships 'em all around the world. Mine made it from Georgia to NZ without a scratch.

Here is a link to my Rogue. I've had it about 2 months and I wish I had taken the leap years ago...

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/25827.html?1159917310

Toby
robbiebassepic
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Username: robbiebassepic

Post Number: 6
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 12:41 am:   Edit Post

OOOOOOOOOO, nice grain - gr8 lookin amp stack aswell! Worthy of such a bass -

Good point on the shipping , what company did you use and was it expensive??
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 236
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 12:52 am:   Edit Post

That stack isn't mine- it belongs to Charles (who I bought the Rogue from). He started the thread and I just posted a couple pics when it arrived here. Charles has a beauty of a setup doesn't he? Someday......=)

Shipping wasn't cheap, but it wasn't a limiting factor either. There are plenty of UK based Alembic owners here on the forum. If you posted your shipping question, I'm sure others would share their shipping experience with you. I think that my experience was probably *not* normal- NZ is probably far more expensive than you'd find it would cost to get stuff to the UK.
robbiebassepic
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Username: robbiebassepic

Post Number: 8
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 1:01 am:   Edit Post

Good Idea - Ill open up a shipping thread! but if It wasnt too bad for NZ?, I should cope ok in Uk!

ps What amp do you use Toby, Im using a Good Laney bass setup, but I feel that with my Alembic the amp just is not good enough to fully represent the sound at a decent volume - Im needing a Mesa or maybe Fender tube setup!
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 237
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 4:28 pm:   Edit Post

Robbie-

My rig is decidedly un-hifi. I have an Eminar 100w tube head. Eminar is an Aussie company. My head is from the mid 70's- it's reliable and has that nice warmth that tube amps can provide.

I play through a combination of cabs- I have 3 homebrew cabs (1x15, 2x12, 2x10) and I recently bought a GK 4x10.

I'd love to upgrade the whole lot someday and go the same route that so many guys here use (poweramp + a preamp), but gear is VERY limited here. Not a whole lot to choose from and the stuff that is here costs about 3x what you'd expect to pay in the U.S. and probably double what you'd find in the UK.

Either way, I can tell you this much- my Alembic sounds better than any other bass I've played through the same setup.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 641
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 3:24 am:   Edit Post

Maybe you can try this site in Germany, they seem to have a lot of alembics used and new.

http://www.station-music.de/bass/alembic.html
Cheers
Happy hunting
JAzzyvee
richbass939
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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 758
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

Robbie, welcome to the club. Good luck to you in finding a S I/II that can arrive safely.
Rich
robbiebassepic
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Username: robbiebassepic

Post Number: 16
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 12:17 pm:   Edit Post

thanks rich - & cool link jazzy! - good selection of basses, - but without that UKú/US$ exchange rate its quite expensive.
robbiebassepic
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Username: robbiebassepic

Post Number: 17
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post

thanks rich - & cool link jazzy! - good selection of basses, - but without that UKú/US$ exchange rate its quite expensive.

thank you kindly good sirs!
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 642
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:08 am:   Edit Post

Yeah it is that. But it may be worth keeping an eye on the site just in case a bargain appears.

We do pay a premium on this side of the pond for Alembic stuff.
Well at least there is some centre spread quality bass porn on there. LOL

Jazzyvee
robbiebassepic
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Username: robbiebassepic

Post Number: 20
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 6:54 pm:   Edit Post

Ha! I hear that Jazzy! (can you believe some guys collect pics of women! lol) lol -
But its a nice list to be sure!! will keep watchin

Also guys - check out my Fretless Epic in the Intros thread - I upped some pics - share your observations!
peace out

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