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bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 489
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 5:18 am:   Edit Post

Following the results of an MRI on my neck (surgery now being the likely option) I'm selling any heavy/uncomfortable basses I own, including (and very regrettably) my Alembic Triple Omega. It's on a commission sale at the Bass Gallery in the UK. Here's the link:

http://www.thebassgallery.com/alembicmkomeg.html

Up for 3300, which given current exchange rates may be more attractive to our overseas cousins.
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 432
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 6:13 am:   Edit Post

Wow, that is some fantastic walnut. Good luck!
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 490
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

Thanks. I can honestly say that it's the nicest walnut top I've ever seen; ask Lozbass who has seen it in real life. He agrees! It'll be heart rending to see this go, but my neck & back problems now take priority.

Just to clarify, it has a chambered body (as per Series basses) with superb walnut facings front & rear, dummy humcanceller (functional but not connected), signature electronics, purpleheart neck lams with lightly flamed maple, knobby headstock, abalone inlays and brass hardware. Weight is somewhere between 10 and 11lbs at a guess, and it balances perfectly. Apart from some tiny scratches on the truss rod cover from slap and pop action it's absolutely mint, only been out of the (smoke free) house twice, never rehearsed or gigged. Comes with case and original build card etc and optional smaller knobs.

Here are links to other threads....

http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/13346.html?1079023491

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/17907.html?1114763997
kenbass4
Advanced Member
Username: kenbass4

Post Number: 313
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post

Shaun,

I'm so sorry about your back problems, what a heartbreak! If I didn't already have 4 Alembics at my house, I'd offer to buy it and keep it available to you to repurchase if and when your back improved. Good luck with the sale, and I hope that your back problem gets sorted out quickly!!

Ken (TEO)
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 491
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Ken, your words are much appreciated. I sincerely hope my back/neck does improve, but can't really afford to take the risk. Hopefully there'll be another Alembic somewhere down the line. It will be a sad day indeed for me if this goes (it was my dream bass and I waited 20-odd years for it), but sometimes common sense must win out. What's the quote from LOTR....something to the effect of "a man who cannot let go a treasure at need is truly chained"?

BTW, I'm happy to send photos to any interested parties but if specific photos are required or if anyone wants to try/buy they'll have to contact the Bass Gallery in Camden as that's where it is now.

(Message edited by bigbadbill on January 06, 2009)
pclifton2004
Junior
Username: pclifton2004

Post Number: 42
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 2:22 pm:   Edit Post

You do know that having the bass on consignment at the Gallery does not tie you in to exclusivity, ie you can still advertise it privately here or elsewhere and withdraw it from Alex's mitts if you find a buyer? ;o)
2400wattman
Senior Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 657
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 7:17 pm:   Edit Post

Bill, if weight is the issue you could have a Triple Omega Essence built like Valentino's. Check it out in the showcase section under Essence.
2400wattman
Senior Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 658
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 7:30 pm:   Edit Post

Correction, it is under custom basses
"coco bolo ash triple omega essence"
I'd post the link but I'm computer illiterate.
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 492
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 12:20 am:   Edit Post

Hi pcclifton, I'm aware of that but given they're in London and I'm about 200 miles north it would only cause me more problems; I'm quite happy to sell through them unless someone has objections dealing with them (I can't imagine why they would).

2400wattman, I considered one like Val's before I had mine made. Unfortunately at this point even if I sell mine I wouldn't be able to afford another for a long, long while, but when the time comes I will certainly consider all options.
pclifton2004
Junior
Username: pclifton2004

Post Number: 44
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 1:01 am:   Edit Post

I was only thinking that a private buyer might be more tempted if you were offering the bass for sale direct minus the commission The Gallery take from you if they sell it for you, ie 15-20% less? If I know you are here to talk to and have a bass for sale, why would I happily pay a surcharge to The Gallery ;o)
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2051
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 4:29 am:   Edit Post

Heartbreaking news Shaun. As I said before, it's a stunning bass and if it had just one more string I'd have it straightaway.

Graeme
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 493
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 5:27 am:   Edit Post

Hi Paul, obviously that's something I'm aware of. However getting the bass back would be a pain in the neck (particularly if the buyer backed out, in which case I'd have to take it back again, something that's happened to me before)and also packing and shipping it (if necessary) is something I'd rather not get involved in if possible. For a start, it's hard enough letting it go....

Graeme, thanks for the thoughts. If only I'd ordered a five! I'd have been glad for you to have it; I'd love it to go to someone I knew and who would appreciate it.
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 433
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 6:26 am:   Edit Post

"One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters. You did rightly." -LOTR, The Two Towers

I have spent way too much time reading those books.
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 494
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post

...and I obviously haven't read them in far too long! Not a million miles away though...
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 629
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 6:24 am:   Edit Post

Sorry to hear the news about your back....and the need to part with that monster.
Hope all works out good for you buddy.

George
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 495
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 3:33 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks George. How are you doing anyway? Long time no speak.
krystoof
New
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 6
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 8:11 am:   Edit Post

Hi ,Shaun
I just wanted to know if the bass is still on the market, or not?
Hope everything is going to go better for your back... :-)
Have a nice day! All the bass't...
Christophe
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 496
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi Christophe, thanks for the interest (and the thoughts which are much appreciated).

A buyer has paid a deposit so it looks like it's going; I also have another interested party. However if for any reason both fall through I'll let you know.
krystoof
New
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 7
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you very much for your quick reply, Shaun.
It seems that I've been kind of late... :-) But it's fine, and I hope your selling will be fast and ok!
Christophe
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 644
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 5:28 am:   Edit Post

Hi Shaun!!
I'm fine
Send me an E-Mail, and we can have a chat

G
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 497
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Christophe.

Will do George. I'm away for the next couple of days but will drop you a line asap.
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 501
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:00 pm:   Edit Post

Sadly my wonderful bass is now sold, and is now with its new owner in Germany. I'll miss it a great deal, and I wish things had worked out differently. Thanks once again to all at Alembic for making a dream come true and bringing me a lot of happiness in the process; let's hope that one day we can do it again.

P.S. I'll still be sticking around here, as I'm still an Alembic owner in my head...:-)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7537
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:21 pm:   Edit Post

Shaun; glad you're sticking around!
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 502
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 12:29 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Dave!
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 654
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 7:06 am:   Edit Post

Yep!!
You're still a senior member of the club, whether you have an Alembic at the moment , or not.

Hope the back is getting better buddy

G
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 503
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post

Cheers George. It's the neck that's causing me problems at the mo; off to see the consultant next month.
to_81_0190
Member
Username: to_81_0190

Post Number: 92
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 5:10 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Shaun,
I'm so sorry about your back problem. If you want continue to play a bass, Jerzy Drozed Barcerona might be one of solution. I could try to play it once. I felt it's so light almost like a feather!
bigbadbill
Senior Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 504
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

Hi Toshiaki

Good to hear from you! The Barcelona is certainly one of the basses I would most like to try; I think they look beautiful. Unfortunately at the moment I can't afford one, even after selling the Alembic.

By the way, the Balance K in your profile is stunning! :-)


I dreamt about my former Alembic last night...not good! I suspect it might take a while to come to terms with it...

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