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Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 1:02 pm:   Edit Post

Greetings to all. I have just purchased an 87 Alembic Spoiler in MINT condition. I have been playing bass since I was 13 years old (I'm 43) and I always seen the ALEMBIC ads in Bass Publications when I was younger but I never dreamed that I would own a beautiful instrument like this. This is the best bass I ever put my hands on. I can't put it down. WOW. It's great to be in a forum with other Alembic owners. Any info or input from any of you is appreciated...
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8327
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 1:17 pm:   Edit Post

Hi John; welcome to the board and congrats on the Spoiler! Check out the FAQ and Must Reads sections for lots of useful info. And if you like, post some pics of your Spoiler in the Showcase section.
Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 3:32 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Dave.........Thanks. I will do that. I appreciate the info. Im on it now.
Intermediate Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 180
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 3:42 pm:   Edit Post

Johnny, Johnny, Johnny...
You think you walked into the Promise Land by just owning an Alembic (or Olympic for those who aren't quite in touch)...

Let me tell ya something buddy - you just wait until next year when we have the 2nd Annual Chicago Alembic/ Bag End Gathering (I see you are from the Windy City). Your life will never be the same again. It's good, it's all good :-)
See all of those basses (and guitars)- for an afternoon of your time you could play each and everyone of them - oh yes - even serial #12 in the top center of the photo.

Welcome aboard!
Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 3:48 pm:   Edit Post

Pauldo.....WOW............thats it.I thought I was in the promise land but I think that this picture shows the ultimate in heavenly ALEMBIC basses. On That day the Windy City will get even Windier when we start plugging in to all of those Alembics. Thanks Buddy.
Senior Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 718
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 5:30 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome to the Alembic forum. Enjoy that mint Spoiler ;) What's it look like?
The forum will give you a plethora of information, actually an amazing community.
Play it Healthy!
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 2588
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 6:23 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome to club John. You're in good company in Chicago, some great owners (and players) of Alembics up there.

Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 4
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 7:04 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for all your input Olio and Arts. I am looking forward to comminicating to all of you. I will upload some pictures soon so you can see my beloved Alembic Spoiler.
Intermediate Member
Username: gregduboc

Post Number: 168
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

John, welcome!!
Yes, post some pictures... You will find out that here, members love pictures. We are all very curious to see each other Alembics...!
If you would be kind enough, you can give us something to look at!!
Again, welcome and hopefully you will enjoy it here. You can always learn something new (at least, I have learned a LOT just reading this forum).

Username: enzo

Post Number: 78
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 9:24 pm:   Edit Post

Johnny Johnny ! Do we know each other ? :-)

In that picture you can see your Spoiler ( first row, second from left ) and myself snapping a pic ( on the very far right ). I still have goose bump thinking at that get together !

PS: stop text messaging Fred about this Alembic, you own it now !!! :D
Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 5
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 9:34 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Enzo your the Best. Yes we do know each other........... I picked you and the 87 Spoiler as soon as Pauldo posted that Picture. I knew that was you. Cant wait for the upcoming 2nd annual Alembic/Bag End gathering in Chi-town.

PS....I cant stop texting him about the Alembic because he's excited too and he's the Guitarist in the band.
Johnny (Giovanni)
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1473
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, July 06, 2009 - 3:30 am:   Edit Post

Good morning Johnny, congratulations on an excellent bass and welcome to the group. I'm transplanted from N. Illinois myself now in Florida

Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1204
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, July 06, 2009 - 7:13 am:   Edit Post

Hello Johnny,
and welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy your Spoiler for years to come.
Username: dlbydgtl

Post Number: 59
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, July 06, 2009 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post

Johnny, From a fellow Alembic owner in Peoria, welcome to the club. John
Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 6
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 4:26 am:   Edit Post

Bracheen, dadabass, dlbydgtl and Gregduboc, thanks for the kind words. Great to be here. I will post some pictures soon.
Username: chalkie

Post Number: 21
Registered: 6-2009
Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2009 - 5:50 am:   Edit Post

Good grief Johnny, you could be telling my story with your initial posting here. I remember seeing a picture of Stanley with an Alembic, and getting a lump in my throat. I felt pretty sad, because I knew that I would never be able to own a bass like that. 30 short years on, and I have just bought my second one :-)
I've only discovered the Alembic forum fairly recently, and I'm still a bit shocked that you can get to talk to people like Mica at Alembic, and also some seriously good bassists around the world. Also, remember that this community holds a wealth of knowledge from other walks of life which they're happy to bring with them when its appropriate. I was just reading a post about lowering the nut-height further than the adjustment allows, and one response came from experience learned from decreasing a particular shim size on a Jaguar engine :-)

Anyhow, greetings also from this side of the pond!
Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 7
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2009 - 10:00 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Chalkie...........Im glad you could relate. Thanks for the kind words. Hope to talk some Alembic bass with you soon.
Username: johnnygum

Post Number: 8
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2009 - 10:09 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Everyone, ........I just realized that my "87 Spoiler" is pictured on "Pauldo's" post from July the 5th. (1st Annual Alembic Gathering in Chicago).
If you are looking at the picture it is located at the bottom row... Second bass from the left side. It has the pointed headstock. Thats my girl!!!
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 1028
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 5:42 pm:   Edit Post

nice bass amongst a buncha other nice instruments.
Intermediate Member
Username: john_judge

Post Number: 112
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

Welcome Johnny to the club, the wind does get very heavy in Chicago indeed and we all had a nice after time later at the dinner table, I said it before and I will repeat myself here..So many Alembics so little time!..Choose but choose wisely!..it's all good when you are at the Bag End gathering, you just can't make up your mind which one to play first, so you tell yourself..ALL OF THEM! and hope that time allows you to do that and if not you will swap stories that day with other members and hear each others taste and liking in the one's you did play!
Intermediate Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 124
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 9:58 pm:   Edit Post

Johnny, welcome to the club!
Never thought I'd own an Alembic either(especially as I was mostly a guitar player) but now I do and am SOOO thankful for it...killer instrument that makes me want to get better and exploit it's potential...and really, what more can you ask?

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