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Username: bassplayer

Post Number: 30
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 8:46 am:   Edit Post

Hi all,

Stumbled across THIS one:

I'm sure i've seen this one before on the bay; wonder what the reason is for relisting this beauty......a matter of the right price??
What do you think??



P.s.: IF i only had the money........
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 91
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 9:38 am:   Edit Post

If you have $6,500 to budget, then you have enough to call Bass Central and see what you can work out on a custom order, or discounted price on their existing stock - OR - wait for a fabulous Series II bass to hit the block somewhere. Price is of course the main reason this bass will be listed over and over. For a series bass, it is a plain Jane (For what it is), has been modified, is poorly described, has one picture, has old electronics, and is being sold by someone who seems to know little about the bass (I do not mean this in a hurtful way). It is still a buyers market for Alembics right now, so for a 1980 Series I bass, this starting bid is between $2,000 to $4,000 to high, depending on condition, woods, body style, and other variables. $2,500 for a questionable example to $4,500 for a prime example with some great woods. I would not be surprised if this bass went for @ $3,500 IF someone wanted an old bass, liked the woods, wanted a drop D mechanism installed (And whatever he means by 'lights'), and it was in decent condition.

An unasked for word of advice: Never buy an Alembic to fix up (Not talking minor repairs). Unless you get it for a ridicuously low price, you will never get your investest money back, if you need to sell it later. Wait for the next sale/auction and get one that is in good shape for a decent price. When the market goes back up, so will your investment. Fixing up an old Alembic is for those who can afford to revitalize an old friend - situations where the love of that particular bass is of more value than your financial investment into it.

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