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Username: the_mule

Post Number: 1
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

After a long thinking I started the new year with the purchase of my first Alembic. It's an Orion 4 Walnut Burl and as soon as I've got some digital pictures, I'll put them in the Showcase. There's not a lot of Orions to be seen there, unfortunately...

One of the reasons why I've decided that I had to have an Alembic is the fact that I'm an 'amateur' Deadhead (too young to have been a pro) and a big fan of the work of Phil Lesh.

It's very nice to be able to take part in this forum / community, knowing that I'm really the proud owner of one of these fabulous instruments and with that of a small part of the Alembic heritage...
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Username: bracheen

Post Number: 169
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post

Welcome from across the water. Good to have you here. Your Orion sounds great, can't wait to see the pictures.
There are a lot of members living near you. I'm sure you'll hear the bottles clanging soon.

Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 967
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post

Manne! Nenollander, nenollander, nenollander ...!

Com'on Paul's here's a table where we can sit down. Okay ...who starts the bottle klanging?

Wilfred welcome to the club from a neighbour. Where did you get the bass. With out all dearest friend EVH's store?
Burl Walnut??? Wow!
Take some pictures of wood details too please!

Deadhead??? Friendly name of Grateful Dead ...geeeeeeeee ...I really have to check out one of them CD's.
Mica suggested the last Fillmore East Album as a goodplace to start "Gratefull Dying"

Paul the bad one
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 2
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the nice welcome. Yes, I got my bass at Edwin's store. He's very friendly and I got a great deal.

My Orion is a fabulously looking, playing and sounding instrument with a classy, somewhat understated appearance, which I like very much. From close range the wood looks stunning, especially the area around the tailpiece. Let's see if I can post some pictures right away...

the whole bass:

a detailed look at the beautiful 'bottom end':

Advanced Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 328
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post

That's a unique and very nice looking top wood. For some reason, it seems that my perception of the Orion body shape is more effected by the top wood than my perception of other body shapes; I don't know why that would be, it just seems Orions tend to look different depending on the top wood more than others. And this one looks very nice indeed.
Advanced Member
Username: senmen

Post Number: 207
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post

many congrats on your Orion and a warmly welcome to the club. The european Alembic community is growing!

Many greetings
Oliver Baumann (Spyderman)
Advanced Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 265
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 1:47 pm:   Edit Post


What a nice looking bass:-) Oh yes, welcome aboard and keep a watchful eye on Paul TBO, especially if there are stockings missing!

Paul TGO
Intermediate Member
Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 134
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 4:04 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club.

Very nice looking 'bottom' on your new baby!

I guess we can fill those bottles, no need to bang them on the bar!

Paul the John one

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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 330
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 5:02 pm:   Edit Post

Well Paul, I wrote this long bit about the Dead and then accidentally closed the window. So I'll start over.

I want to help.

There are lots of legally available free mp3's of Grateful Dead live shows to be found on the web. So you can listen to some tunes to get an idea of what the Dead are about before investing cash in a CD. There are a wide variety of styles and periods in Grateful Dead music and fans have their favorites. Personally, I prefer the tunes that are more complex rhythmically, but then I also love a lot of the simpler acoustic tunes. Some people love the Dead and others don't. I recommend you listen to a wide variety of styles and periods and give them a chance to grow on you. Phil Lesh's lines may not make sense initially, but listen to them as part of the whole ensemble. For me, one of the great things about the Dead is their improvisational ensemble playing, which is the style of music I like to play. Go here and click on Grateful Dead under MP3 Archives on the left for a list of concert material to listen to:
And if I may humbly make a recommendation, here is a little something to get you started (you will have to cut and paste the link since it will not all wrap):
Username: hollis

Post Number: 12
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 12:45 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome from a freshly welcomed one!

Your Orion looks like it's swaying to the music when it's just laying there! Wow! Very very pretty. Enjoy!

Phil Lesh is such a fine bassist, one of my all time favorites!

Username: the_mule

Post Number: 8
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 12:03 am:   Edit Post

Well, the top wood isn't Burl Walnut after all (thanks again for the info Valentino!), but California 'grafted' walnut... Glad to know the exact specs and birthday of my bass!

(Message edited by the mule on January 28, 2004)
Username: mint_bass

Post Number: 35
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 3:46 am:   Edit Post

welcome welcome welcome

your orion is stunning very individual i bet you are really proud of her very pretty indeed

i have never heard phil lesh but i will make an effort too

Username: the_mule

Post Number: 21
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 7:25 am:   Edit Post

Thanks again for the cool comments! I finally managed to borrow a digicam today, and here's the result... (at least two of them!)


Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 98
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post


Nice looking collection! Welcome to this humble conversation pit. Good people, good ideas, really positive (compared to lots of others).

Phil Lesh and the Dead were my first connection with Alembic. I think Lesh is one of the least recognized (due to his unique and subtle playing style - maybe his "unique" singing voice, too!) bass wizards of the rock and roll age. I have been privileged to follow the band since '72 and witness some really great shows, instruments and equipment. Summer, '02 I was lucky enough to take my teenage son (guitar) and his bandmates to see the "Other Ones" reunion at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. Nice chance to complete some kind of circle there...

Once I played my first Alembic, I knew it was the ultimate player's bass and offered the most intriguing potential for finding the sounds I hear on the inside. Of course, the recording world is populated with a reasonable few other great artists who have spent time (long or short) on the Alembic road.

Welcome to the club!

Paul: The links Dave provided give you free access to an immense variety of Grateful Dead music and styles. Really eclectic. Not everyone's cup of tea, but many of us have found a lot there to listen to.


(Message edited by bassman10096 on February 06, 2004)

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