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Username: bungalowbill

Post Number: 6
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 1:41 pm:   Edit Post

Hi all,

I'm in Vancouver, Canada, and after playing the same Elias bass for over twenty years, I figured it was time to upgrade. So I had been looking for an Essence for about 18 months, combing the Alembic forum, Craigslist, eBay, etc. I was looking for a five-string, but was ok with a four-string if it was the right one.

I found a lovely four-string koa Essence in Florida, about as far away as it could be and still be in North America. I bought it, had it shipped up, and within two weeks of receiving it at the end of July, its five-string koa sister popped up on Craigslist, not a half-hour drive from my house.

It was listed as a 1992, but when I went to check it out, I found that it was a 1993, and in fact, the serial number (93K7699) was only 31 away from my four string! It's identical in every way that I can see, except for the gold hardware on the four-string.

Turns out that they were born one day apart! April 7 and April 8, 1993. I'm guessing they're from the same tree... even if they're not, it's a good story :-)

So I started out looking for one, and now have two... I guess the obvious question is:

Does anyone have a six-string koa Essence made in the first week of April 1993 for sale? Or maybe a three-string? :-)

Anyway, these are beautiful instruments; they're everything I had hoped they would be, and I'm looking forward to playing them for decades to come.


Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8680
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats again! Cool story, and very nice twin Alembics!
Username: bungalowbill

Post Number: 7
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 2:00 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you! Sorry for the duplication... I thought I should post an intro in the appropriate place, rather than leaving it as part of the "Serial Number requests" discussion.

(Message edited by bungalowbill on August 31, 2009)
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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 261
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 6:15 pm:   Edit Post

That's really cool that they are a day apart.
I can see where a 3 string and a 6 string would really complete the family. :-D
Intermediate Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 151
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 9:53 pm:   Edit Post

Hello from Vancouver!

Koa is so pretty, what a lovely pair of basses...

Enjoy and welcome to the club! Tony
Advanced Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 258
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 4:41 am:   Edit Post

Nice couple, love this body shape...
Intermediate Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 163
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

You are very lucky to have a 5-string and a 4-string together and from the same era and wood too?

Man, that is wonderful, and what are the odds of this happening?

No doubt, that is a great thing for you to look back on, when life has it's moments of difficulties.
Senior Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 476
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 8:06 am:   Edit Post

Koa is king

I love them both

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