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chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 2
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 7:44 am:   Edit Post

I know I will regret this.. but here we go: This is a 1987 Spoiler 4 String shortscale. It is in great condition, and only has some oxidation at the bridge. No scratches or anything like that. It Actually is a shortscale, and does not have the regular Spoiler Shape, but a slightly modified one, that I have not seen before. It has a beautiful maple top and also the Purpleheart/Maple neck. It plays and sounds flawless. I have the original hardshell case, and also the paperwork. I really like this Bass, but right now I just play it too little, and most of the time use my Jazz Basses. I dont like the Idea of shipping an istrument of this caliber, so I would prefer a personal pick up for now. I am actually going to buy a nice upright, so I realized I might have to let this one go, if the right offer is made;-) I will definetly dream of owning an alembic again. But right now I am young and trying to make a living by playing , and at the moment I might not be able to keep it. Anyway, anybody interested in this Bass and located in Germany or Europe?? Just shoot me an email. Oh yeah, and if you are in the area, of course you are welcome to stop by and check it out.
Thanks,
Chris.











phylo
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Username: phylo

Post Number: 100
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 9:38 am:   Edit Post

Dude,

That bass is oh so sweet. Are you sure?
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 378
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post

That is one great looking bass.
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 587
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post

Gorgeous!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7688
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2009 - 6:01 pm:   Edit Post

That's an exceptional Spoiler! And I love that body shape!
lbbc
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Username: lbbc

Post Number: 8
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2009 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post

I am interested. How much are you asking forthe bass?
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 3
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 1:18 am:   Edit Post

Hi! This Bass is 2200 Euros.
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2212
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

That's about $2800 US. This is a unique instrument, so someone who gets into the shape and the shortest scale might go for it. It's significantly more expensive than any "regular" Spoiler though, even considering the European market.

Did you catch the "R" serial number that specifically denotes a 3/4-body Spoiler? I have never seen one before, but wonder if there might be a few more out there based upon it having an actual letter assigned. Maybe a Japanese market item?

-bob
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 4
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 7:38 am:   Edit Post

Hey Guys. I understand that my price is not a "steal" and there are probably considerably cheaper spoilers out there.. im not in a rush, or lets say too eager to let this one go, but if i get this price i am willing to sell, in order to finance my upright.. and yes you are right,.. i got this bass from Japan, the Japanese seem to take very good care of their instruments;-).. a fellow member in europe posted his spoiler here for 1800 Euros..http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/61836.html?1236118872
.. so i figured since my bass got the purpleheart stringers, beautiful maple top, is in great condition with orginal case etc. and a rare shortscale spoiler, 2200 euros might be okay.. which is about the same i paid importing it from japan.. hmm something is still telling me I should keep this one, and not let it it go.. its even from 87 just like me, maybe we were meant to be;-)
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2213
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Chris, I don't think it is at all unreasonable to ask that price for a unique instrument like that. It is neither a typical Spoiler, nor in typical condition for an '87. It may take a while and will certainly require locating the right buyer, but I wouldn't call it impossible. There just aren't many short scale basses out there that aren't SC Signature models. With used Signatures regularly going over $3K in the US, and probably 3000+ Euros over there, a mint short scale Spoiler with purpleheart in the neck doesn't feel unreasonable at 2200 Euros. I think anything up to $2000 US would have it move pretty quickly over here.

You definitely have a healthy mindset. This is a special bass. It will sell for what you're asking, or you'll keep it. Good luck!

-bob
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 5
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post

thanks Bob!!
speicky
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Username: speicky

Post Number: 348
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post

Hi, Chris,

many greetings from Wiesbaden. Bob and the other guys are right on, the price is not unreasonable. I would buy your baby in a heartbeat, just to help you out of course... unfortunately for you, I want to keep my wife entertained, too :-)

Do you plan to visit the music fair in Frankfurt in April ? An excellent place to meet other musicians and some Alembic weirdos as well.

cheers, Christian
olieoliver
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 2170
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 10:13 am:   Edit Post

Go ahead Christian just tell the wife that I said it was OK. LOL

OO
speicky
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Username: speicky

Post Number: 349
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

hehe, careful, Olie, I just printed this page to prove that it was all just you, who made me do it, LOL.
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post

Hey Guys!! I have been reading these boards for quite a while, and it always shows that there are a bunch of very passionate and nice guys around here. Thats great!

Christian - I am trying to go the "Musikmesse" again this year, not sure yet, if I can make it. I would definetely be looking forward to chatting and jamming with you guys.
ulf
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Username: ulf

Post Number: 50
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

hey Chris,
I think you should NOT sell this absolute amazing and fantastic Spoiler! It´s in great shape and looks so fantastic, I think this baby also sounds great? It´s a Bass for life.
Wish I have the money to buy your Spoiler, but a few weeks ago I get my Signatures and for the next few years money is tight
Ulf
robinc
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Username: robinc

Post Number: 128
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 12:22 am:   Edit Post

Gosh that top just blows me away every time!
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 7
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 12:30 am:   Edit Post

hey guys,...it looks like I actually dont need to sell this one....:-)
speicky
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Username: speicky

Post Number: 350
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 7:55 am:   Edit Post

great news, Chris ! keep that beauty and take it with you to Frankfurt in April, we could have a beer or two and jam our a**es off, LOL !

Christian
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 8
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 11:27 pm:   Edit Post

that sounds like a good plan Christian!!
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 16
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009 - 2:33 pm:   Edit Post

okay.. after some time and thinking this ones up again.. right now this bass is more of a luxury to me rather than a necessity.. make me an offer.
juggernaught
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Username: juggernaught

Post Number: 277
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009 - 5:07 pm:   Edit Post

Damn, that bass is giving me the GAS. Beautiful top and shape and short scale (my personal preference).

Hrm, maybe if this bass is still available in August (when I'm in Spain) and the exchange rate gets better...
nuno_martins
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Username: nuno_martins

Post Number: 3
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post

hi my name is Nuno, and i live in Lisbon, Portugal.
I am interrested to get an old Alembic Spoiler bass in Black like Cliff Burtons (RIP) bass or in another color.
And im also looking for a Aria Pro SB Black n Gold 1 just like Cliffs or a ARIA SB-1000 ALL BLACK
my e-mail is nunoharris@gmail.com.

I also want to trade my 2001 fender steve harris Lake placid blue with maple neck, with burgundy pickguard and with steve harris signature and eddie decal on the headstock , a very rare model indeed. for one of those Alembic Spoiler or a Aria SB Black n Gold or a ARIA SB-1000 BLACK
say something....
thsnks
jesuskno
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Username: jesuskno

Post Number: 2
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2009 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

Hi. Is the bass still for sale?
chrisalembic
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Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 24
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 2:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi. The Bass changed owners already. Good luck with your search though!!

Chris.

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