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Username: 275hz

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post

I'd like to thank Paul (elzie) Ellsworth, or inviting me here.

I don't "Yet" own an Alembic, and as of right now never played one. It is my dream bass. Which one?? too hard to decide. I hope to learn a lot here.

I started playing in 1973, I had some Gibson knock off, then a fender knock off. In 1977 I purchased a "real" Fender Jazz natural body with maple neck and white block inlays, Love. sold it in 1980, joined the Airforce, 4 years.

had some kids and other things kept from my love of the bass, money and time mostly. I paid $350 for that Fender wich today is lke $1500-$2000

long story short.......last April I started playing again

I purchased a yamaha BB405, and a Ibanez starter pack, a hartke A35 amp

I've been practicing, not as much as I'd like too, I do sleep and work hard.

also, the name I chose is 27.5Hz, it looks like 275Hz........better planning needed

"Da Girls"
Intermediate Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 147
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 3:49 pm:   Edit Post

27.5. Welcome to the club. You said you hope to learn a lot here. You came to the right place, my friend. The members of this club know a lot about music, styles, rigs, effects, instruments, and of course, Alembics. Best of all everyone here is very willing to help you out.
Advanced Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 332
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 6:54 pm:   Edit Post

Good to see you made it here safely Tyrone!

Just be careful of the other "Pauls", they can get downright rowdy. Now that you are here, maybe an Alembic owner in your area would get together with you and let you play their Alembic(s). Or should I say, get you hooked???

Paul The Good One
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 1928
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 9:04 pm:   Edit Post

Come over here Bro's and Sis's ...Brother Paul the Good one is back and invited some friends.
Tyrone ....welcome!
The story you tell is veeeeeee-ery familiar.
What I don't get is: why the Hartke?
Paul could have let him use your head???No?? ;-)

Paul the bad one

BTW: it feels good to have you back here.
It IS VAlentine's day of course.
So Happy Valentine to all of you out there!
Advanced Member
Username: bob

Post Number: 369
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 9:57 pm:   Edit Post

Had to look it up... 27.5 Hz is the bottom note on a piano, equivalent to the A a full step down from the low B on a 5 string bass.

I was wondering why the 275, seemed a bit high - for most of us, anyway :-)

Username: 275hz

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post

Thank you everyone for your warm welcomes.

Yes 27.5Hz is the low "A"

why the Hartke? Cash of course :-)

I'm getting dressed for work right now.

I'll be reading thru the threads a bit later, lots to read and learn, thank you everyone again

3:15am'd you like my hours?
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 699
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 3:03 am:   Edit Post

Hey! What's wrong with Hartke?

Welcome Tyrone, you're getting ready about a hour and a half before me. BTW, what are you selling at 3am?

There's to learn here. I've gleaned a lot of information on gear (still use Hartke), maintenance, technique, etc. The new section that Mica and Dave started with the archives and FAQ is brilliant.


Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 499
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 3:32 am:   Edit Post

Hey! What's wrong with Yamaha?

I can't vouch for the Ibanez, but I'm amazed what Yamaha has on offer even for about 400 euro - definitely a big improvement on what that kind of money could buy you say 10 years ago. Nice to play, reasonable amount of sustain, perhaps not 'deep' sounding but quite decent anyway (passive controls) - certainly nothing that would get in the way of your playing. And weighing a lot less than that BB1100S I was playing back in the days, I might add.
Username: beelee

Post Number: 44
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 6:15 am:   Edit Post

Hi Tyrone,

Welcome to the club, I used to use Hartke and Yamaha, they both make some good gear.

I had 2 Hartke 4-10 cabs and a 1-15 cab that I powered with a GK 800RB, but after playing through some SWR gear I switched. it was a nice sounding rig.

I used to play Yamaha RBX-5 and RBX 765a 5 string basses, but upgraded to a Alembic Series I 5 str (pre owned) and a Pedulla Pentabuzz.

I also had fretted and fretless Ibanez Musician basses that were real nice which I sold 3 mos ago after ordering a new Alembic, but I still have a Ibanez Studio 8 string thats a real keeper (Ibanez copied the style of an Alembic on those 3 models).
The Yamaha John Patitucci 6 str bass looks real nice, I wish there was one around here to try out, but I am starting to prefer playing only handmade, American made instruments, there are exceptions tho :o).
If you are looking to try out Alembics there is a nice little store in NJ that has a few different models as well as some other nice basses you won't find in the 2 big name stores.

best wishes,
Advanced Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 335
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 8:18 am:   Edit Post

"BTW: it feels good to have you back here.
It IS VAlentine's day of course."

Thanks brother Paul ;) I realize I have been away for a while. I have been very busy training for my Apple certifications, getting the house ready to sell (which is today) and I figured what better day to come back than Valentines Day???

Well, Tyrone I can relate to the Hartke being an inexpensive amp, but that doesn't mean it's cheap quality. I like my Hartke and use it for traveling and keep my SWR at home with the rest of my rig. The Hartke is not as heavy, which ,akes it a lot easier at the end of the night!
Username: 275hz

Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post

I'm home from work, I can't believe the warm welcomes here!!!!
I've been to other bass forums ( this only 2nd one I've joined ) and this one is by far the nicest.

I love the sound, from my [URL=]hartke A35[/URL] and the size of my bedroom accents it 12.5' x 14'

As for the Yamaha, didn't know it existed, I was looking for a Fender, saw the prices, then just told the guy at Sam Ash on the famous 48st NYC to just show 5 strings under $500 I tried many and stayed there almost 4 hours, while trying a Spector the sales guy said he had to go recieve a truck. He came back with Yamaha and said you've got to see this! it looked lovely and had great tone and was passive ( I've never had an active bass) just what I needed to relearn, and 24 frets, the neck feels like it was made for my hands.

anyway, I haven't really, seriously touched a bass in over a decade. the strings on the spector were much too close together.

I'm babbling

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