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clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 93
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post

For all you Metallica fans! Sadly I have decided to sell my Spoiler as my damaged left shoulder and back can no longer carry an 11 pound bass comfortably. Its not in perfect cosmetic condition but looks RAWK and is probably the more giggable for not being a museum piece. Looking for 1400 posted in UK or 1450 posted to continental Europe. Here is a link with some photos for my FS post on the UK bass forum BassChat http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=108401&st=0#entry1004229
clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 94
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post

Edit: to contact me, use my work email/blackberry address

mark dot clark at db dot com
clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 95
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 - 6:45 am:   Edit Post

This may sound silly/unlikely but if anyone has an early 80s black Spoiler (which I know were much lighter) and wants a heavier one I would happily trade. Unless you ask ....

I love everything about my bass apart from its weight!
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1172
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post

"Much" lighter is about 245 grams (about 0,54 p) in my case.

In the left corner we have a '83 Spoiler weighing in at 4180 grams (about 9.2 p) and in the right corner a '88 Spoiler weighing in at 4425 grams (about 9.8 p)

Seems like my '88 is much lighter than yours...

Good luck! Hope you'll find something of yer liking soon!
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2647
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 - 8:04 am:   Edit Post

Looking at my 88 Spoiler and 94 Epic, the thickness of the Spoiler body as a whole is about the same as that of the Epic without the top. That should account for a few pounds of difference.
clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 96
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 4:08 am:   Edit Post

I am withdrawing this from sale as - having had a session on it again yesterday evening - it plays so beautifully and sounds so good.

The weight remains a serious issue but I am going to persevere with a more supportive strap. I will also keep an eye open for a lighter, early 80s lookalike - if one should come along (albeit they rarely do, as you guys all know) I will probably buy that one and put this bass up for sale again.
clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 97
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:55 pm:   Edit Post

It's no good. Tried an extended session tonight on this bass and it's just too heavy for me (I was using a 4 inch wide padded leather Minotaur strap). I am going to find a lighter example of this bass and am selling this one. 100 price cut too, to 1300 posted in the UK (50 more to mainland Europe)
oddmetersam
Intermediate Member
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 111
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 5:59 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, Mark
I can relate to the weight issue but I just have to ask: Is sitting down while you play out of the question? If you are otherwise satisfied with your current Alembic, why give her up -- especially since there are so many examples of other owners later regretting letting their Alembics go? And let's face it, no two are alike and you may never find another that otherwise sings to you as this one does.

But whatever you do, good luck!
-Sam
clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 98
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Sam, I am in two bands, one I play double bass in and the other a punk trio. I am afraid I would get things thrown at me if I played sat down in a punk band! Thanks anyway!
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2662
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post

Mark, in the punk trio, do you jump around the stage a lot? And how low do you wear the bass?
clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 99
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 12:29 am:   Edit Post

I do try to keep things visually appealing as there's only two of us in front of the drummer! I wear the bass medium height (neither low slung nor Mark King stylee)
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2663
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 12:37 am:   Edit Post

We had quite a bit of a discussion on the subject a few years ago, it's under Owning an Alembic Fun Stories Oh my aching back....
clarkybass
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Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 100
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 1:11 am:   Edit Post

Thanks adriaan but I am definitely selling as the alternatives (brace strap, playing seated) are not viable as far as I am concerned. I've just put the bass on ebay UK. I am going to bide my time until an early '80s black Spoiler (along the lines of FC Spoiler's) comes along and I will buy that instead, solving my problem at a stroke :-)
clarkybass
Intermediate Member
Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 101
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 - 12:15 am:   Edit Post

This is now sold via eBay :-(

I will be keeping my eye open on the forum (and elsewhere) for a lightweight (under 10 pounds; hopefully close to 9 pounds) black Spoiler or Elan/Europa. 4 or 5 string.
clarkybass
Intermediate Member
Username: clarkybass

Post Number: 102
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 - 12:15 am:   Edit Post

(duplicate post, oops)

(Message edited by clarkybass on November 15, 2010)
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2668
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 - 12:58 am:   Edit Post

Congrats on the sale, and good luck with your search!

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