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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 10:53 am:   Edit Post

Hi...newly hard for my first Alembic....ideas on where to shop are welcome...what do you think of ebay?
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 1664
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

Hi David, welcome to the group! Perhaps the best place to shop is our own Swapshop section of this board. Ebay is good, with lots of basses, but you have to be careful. There are also some internet dealers with a good inventory of used Alembics.
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 2
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks....I'm glad for the welcome...and the help...I'll be depending on you players who've played these great instruments.
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 369
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 4:56 pm:   Edit Post

Hello David and welcome, if you get the chance (and that can be a little scarce) try out as many Alembics as you can find. Each will have it's own voice, but they are all from the "same family" of incredible sounds. Enjoy your journey.

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Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 216
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome.You can't go wrong with or highly recommend both dealers.I have a friend in Florida who just picked up his first Alembic, an Epic 5, from Steve at Superbass and is now an Alembic freak.I'm trying to get him motivated in becoming a member of the club and posting pics but his Epic must be taking up too much of his time.Good luck in your search and whatever you choose,I'm sure you won't regret buying an Alembic.Nobody I know has.
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2005 - 3:15 am:   Edit Post

I really appreciate the input (and want more). Trying out Alembics in these parts of Tennessee is challenging. I guess I've only ever seen about four of these basses, played two and loved them both. The try-it-out-for-size is difficult, unless there's someone in the Tennessee region with one they want to part with. Thanks. This is a great club! I can't wait to be a "Playing" member.
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Username: rklisme

Post Number: 228
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2005 - 9:14 pm:   Edit Post


I suppose a formal welcome is in order! I hope you are able to land the Alembic of your dreams soon! Good luck.

Intermediate Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 182
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 4:30 am:   Edit Post

Hi David and welcome to the club. Good luck with your quest. If you lived in the 'real' Dover, you'd be just down the road from the UK's importer and could go visit.

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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 206
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 7:46 am:   Edit Post
Intermediate Member
Username: s_wood

Post Number: 133
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 8:04 am:   Edit Post


I have very high regard for the folks at Bass Northwest in Seattle. They have some great-looking new and used Alembics on their website right now, and the folks who work their are very knowledgable.

I also think very highly of Paul Schein (rhymes with Shine) at Chuck Levin's Washington Music in Wheaton, MD. They usually have a bunch of Alembics in stock, and their prices can't be beat (301)946-8808.
Username: george_wright

Post Number: 5
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 8:30 am:   Edit Post

I second the endorsement of Paul Schein and Washington Music Center. Let's see.... My kids have bought a Rick 4003, a Takamine classical guitar, an Epic, and a custom Taylor acoustic guitar from Paul. The Alembics they have in stock are not that flashy, but Paul also handles custom orders. But get him on the phone; he doesn't do email all that well.
Username: exploiterplayer

Post Number: 31
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post

I'll second the folks at Bass Northwest!

I bought my 83' Distillate Exploiter from their site and it remains my main bass. A very classy organization indeed with great employees.
Username: exploiterplayer

Post Number: 51
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 8:14 am:   Edit Post

Did you see this one on eBay?

Is that a good price??? Looked like it to me although I am not familiar with that model.
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 494
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 08, 2005 - 8:12 am:   Edit Post

i go with steve at superbass.. why? all he sells is bass guitars, and he is a bass player, so he knows what to look for... he doesnt take the hammer out on pricing. and is a first class guy and he is not far from tenn.
i also have an orion for sale in a few weeks. same price range as the one on ebay,it has a fair starting price imho.
Username: exploiterplayer

Post Number: 54
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2005 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

Superbass Steve is on vacation and wont return until this Fall.
Username: moonlinermusic

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 1:42 am:   Edit Post

Hello and Welcome!

I live in Seattle, home of Bass Northwest and am in there at least 2 times a week... They are great guys (and all great bass players by the way) who take great pride in their work.
Steve Fossen, the original bass player for Heart sometimes works there just for the fun of it... He played Alembics on most of Heart's hits. If you ever call the store, ask for Steve... he's a very friendly and funny guy.

Have fun!

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