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Username: tomhug

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2008 - 7:55 pm:   Edit Post

This has been my main bass for 20 years, playing everything from Grateful Dead, to Who, to Jazzy stuff. This bass has spoiled me for any others (except perhaps my other Alembic, an Essence 6) [http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/53455.html?1215400659].

The tone, the speaking sonority of this bass, I've never heard anywhere else in real life (I don't run across too many other Alembics for some reason.) I have some bootlegs of JPJ and John McVie from the late seventies and I hear this bass's brethren there.

I hope that doesn't sound too much like bragging. I am just glad an instrument like this exists, and that the universe brought us together. Even better, the clarity has made me a better player (although I still have a long way to go!). Can't hide any sloppiness in indistinct tone, that's for sure.

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(Message edited by TomHug on July 06, 2008)
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 814
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2008 - 8:32 pm:   Edit Post

It sure has aged gracefully- beautiful bass!
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 451
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2008 - 9:50 pm:   Edit Post

wow...what a beautiful pear shape with grain to match!!
definitely worthy of a custom fitted case,

hope to see ya around Tom
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Username: bigyouth

Post Number: 105
Registered: 7-2006
Posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 - 1:20 am:   Edit Post

beautifull bass
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 524
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

The classic Alembic..what could any bass player ask for..eternal looks, classic shape and a tone that I suspect is an absolute sonic dream.
Tom..see my post about upholsterer in your thread about replacing the insides of your case...no matter what it cost it is definitely worth it to protect this beautiful instrument.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6783
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 6:53 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice!!
Username: bstark110

Post Number: 6
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post

I have to agree about the tone. The clarity is like no others I've heard and played. I too, use my 77 Series I (5 string) as my main gigging bass for much the same reasons as you.

Right on tomhug, keep on thumpin!

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