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matthijs
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Username: matthijs

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 6:20 am:   Edit Post

I bought my first ever Alembic yesterday. I have been looking for a bass to make the step up from my current OLP musicman copy and stumbled across an Essence 4-string in a dutch auction site.

I just had to bid on it. A (extremely surprising to me) I won the bidding :-)

So now I (a poor student) am feeling like a king, having just stepped WAY up. The bass is quite stock, built in '91, with mahogany body and walnut top and it sings...

I think I'm in love... (which is hard because it is at the guitar shop to get set up right now :-) )
palembic
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 1920
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 6:29 am:   Edit Post

Matthijs ...SCHITTEREND GEDAAN JOCHIE!
Welcome to this club of lowso addicts.
And ...honestly ...there is no such thing as a "stock" Alembic ...wait ...you'll see!

Paul the bad one
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 1352
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

Congrats and welcome!
the_mule
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 422
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

Hoi Matthijs, welkom bij de Club! I've seen a picture of your bass on 'Marktplaats', very nice indeed! There's nothing like walnut, surely my favourite wood. If you post the serial# in a thread called 'info request' or something in one of the first two forum sections, Mica or Val can provide you with the building details of your bass. Please post some pictures when she's in your hands. Enjoy!

Wilfred
richbass939
Intermediate Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 137
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 1:45 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club and congrats on your Essence. Don't be shy about pictures. We love seeing them.
Rich
matthijs
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Username: matthijs

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 2:21 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the warm welcome, I'll be sure to make a thread once I get the bass (and the serial# :D)back.

Alright, here's some pictures I shot last night under less than perfect lighting conditions with a less than perfect camera. (this has been a Disclaimer(tm) :-) )

Zoomed out front shot
Zoomed out back shot
Body from front, don't you just love the difference in shade towards red on the lower end?
Body from the back
Body detail shot
dadabass2001
Advanced Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 320
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 5:21 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful instrument, Matthijs! Welcome to a world of musical happiness. Many of us here adore walnut (and I'm among that group). Your Essence almost looks like it might be quilted walnut (anybody.... does that even exist?) Anyway, welcome and enjoy.
Mike
palembic
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 1921
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 8:44 pm:   Edit Post

I think it's a Nephew of Bonnie: I bet it's Clarowood: the Calfornian local family od the Dark Walnut.

Paul the bad one
mattheus
Intermediate Member
Username: mattheus

Post Number: 121
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 11:28 pm:   Edit Post

Heeee Matthijs, (=Hi Matthijs)

welkom bij het cluppie (=welcome to the club)

vanaf nu zal je hele leven veranderen (=from this point your whole life will change)

je zult nieuwe vrienden ontmoeten (=you'll meet new friends)

je gaat meer geluk bij spelletjes hebben (=you'll have more luck when you'r playing games)

op school gaat alles gemakkelijker (=school will be a lot easier)

je zult veel vrouwen op jouw pad tegenkomen (=you will meet lots and lots of women...)

je zult nooit meer alleen zijn (=you'll never be alone anymore)


matthijs
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Username: matthijs

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 2:58 am:   Edit Post

Cool :-)

I registered my instrument through the webform, but am I supposed to get a mail back from that?
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 488
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 3:18 am:   Edit Post

You'll probably get a personal mail from Valentino or Mica acknowledging the registration, but it may take a few days.

Intussen van harte welkom - je bent waarschijnlijk de eerste oosterling. Echte Tukker of import? (=let's not start that big fish thing all over again)
matthijs
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Username: matthijs

Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 3:51 am:   Edit Post

Enigszins import, heb grootste deel van m'n leven in Zutphen gewoond, studeer nu aan de UT (=Yeah, fish suck)
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 489
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 4:50 am:   Edit Post

Vissen zuigen niet, of je moet het over de dwarsgestruikte lipvis hebben. (=We covered hard and soft G in previous 'discussions' here in the Club, so would you agree that fish have a liquid sort of G?)
the_mule
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 423
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 10:15 am:   Edit Post

Wow, what a wonderful top! There's definitely some quilting showing there. That's why I love walnut tops so much, there's so many exciting things going on under the finish and they're all unique. Two other Dutch walnut Alembics want to say hi...

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/16002.jpg

Wilfred
rklisme
Intermediate Member
Username: rklisme

Post Number: 168
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post

Matthijs

Welcome and congratulations on your new baby!

Rory
1stbass
Member
Username: 1stbass

Post Number: 82
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 3:10 am:   Edit Post

hello Matthijs,

sweet bass, play it in good health.

doug
matthijs
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Username: matthijs

Post Number: 6
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 3:53 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the good wishes. I just got it back from the guitar shop alls polished and oiled and straightened and it's simply amazing. I'll try to get some daylight shots in the showcase area, but with extremely grey, windy and rainy weather right now that may be a few days :-)
the_mule
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 425
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 11:44 pm:   Edit Post

Matthijs, don't forget to eat and sleep every now and then!

Wilfred
275hz
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Username: 275hz

Post Number: 6
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 5:16 pm:   Edit Post

Great bass, greater pictures, you don't give yourself enough credit..:-)
elzie
Advanced Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 337
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 5:30 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club Matthijs!

That sure is a good looking bass. I'm sure it sounds fantastic. With the mahogany body, does it have a deep,low,heavy sound? Does that wood make the bass heavy to play for a long time?

Paul TGO

(Message edited by elzie on February 15, 2005)
matthijs
New
Username: matthijs

Post Number: 8
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 1:36 am:   Edit Post

The sound is an excellent mix of low end and very defined mid/high. Not overly low, no. It's actually quite light (realtively) because the body is quite small. My OLP Musicman copy is about the same weight, but its body is much larger.

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