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texangerbil
Junior
Username: texangerbil

Post Number: 46
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2008 - 12:12 pm:   Edit Post

Rather nice Elan with Walnut top on maple. Looks in excellent condition for its age. Not mine unfortunately, currently on sale on eBay UK.
Elan front
Elan front angle
Elan rear and headstock
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1268
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2008 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post

That sure is a great looking bass and count yourself lucky I didn't see that before your orion or it would have been a very hard call.
hahaha

Jazzyvee
texangerbil
Junior
Username: texangerbil

Post Number: 47
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2008 - 1:28 pm:   Edit Post

I don't know, your purple one is the business!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1281
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 5:08 am:   Edit Post

Yeah the purple one is a lovely bass especially with the Europa electronics package. I have to say I prefer alembics in their .... ahem "Birthday suits" :-)

Jazzyvee
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1285
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 09, 2008 - 10:43 am:   Edit Post

I went to Music Live at the NEC in Brum this afternoon and the company selling the Elan (Absolute Music), were there and thankfully the bass was there.

So i tried it out in one of their Ampeg combo bass amps.....
It's truly a magnificent bass, the guitar tech was there and he had lowered the action so it was a dream to play and sounds just like a good elan should, the frets have also been dressed and one small mark about 1cm on the tip of the lower horn has been attended to. It can be seen but not glaringly obvious.

It really sounds fantastic and is in fantastic condition.
I was so tempted to buy it but i resisted. The price on the ticket was 1899 and would only drop the price by 50. The bass has the standard Elan electronics package, so based on the fact I paid considerably less than that for my Elan in similar condition but with the Europa package, I think the price is a bit high.

Jazzyvee
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1290
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 5:04 am:   Edit Post

It's back on Ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Alembic-Elan-Bass-Guitar_W0QQitemZ250323728015QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV?hash=item250323728015&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1298%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
al_x_king
New
Username: al_x_king

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 8:56 am:   Edit Post

Hi texangerbill and Jazzyvee. I am a new member as I was looking to find some history on a used alembic I have just bought and nearly fell of my seat when I saw this photo and said @*!? Thats the bass I just bought! I bought this online from the photo's! Risky I know but I loved it instantly and I am sure that all previous owners of Alembics would take great care for it and hence the good looking condition. I have never owned an alembic before and was almost about to buy an Ernie Ball Stingray (new) when I saw this. I spoke to the guys at the shop by phone and felt reasurred by what they told me but was really pleased to read that Jazzyvee had played this bass and liked it. Your comments have put me at ease and although this was expensive it drew me like a magnet. Rest assured it is going to a good home and is unlikely to be ever seen on the market again!! Next stop is the New Trace Elliot 1210 amp(12 band equalizer) but I would welcome any suggestions re pre amps that will do justice to such a beauty!

Regards. Al.
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2023
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 9:21 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations - beautiful instrument!

Personally, I would stay away from Trace Elliot stuff. Very dependable, yes, but it makes everything sound much the same - at least the full rigs do - to my ears. Certainly not much by way of high frequencies shining through.

At least try it out with one of the more up-to-date amps - Eden, SWR, EBS, Glockenklang ... but I notice you're in Ireland, and from what I hear your choices may be somewhat limited ...
al_x_king
New
Username: al_x_king

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks adriaan,

Yes a little limited and Trace Elliot are actively pushing there new range here, Certainly looks all singing and dancing on paper but I will be checking out the other brands as suggested. Top end amps are not cheap and not something I want to rush into! The bass on the other hand was a no brainer!!!

Cheers, Al.
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2025
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 2:08 am:   Edit Post

You certainly have yourself a bass there that will bring out the best (and worst) of any amp!
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7231
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 3:41 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats and welcome! That's a beautiful Elan!
al_x_king
New
Username: al_x_king

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Monday, December 08, 2008 - 7:06 am:   Edit Post

Thanks dave,

Its like a new addition to the familly, very exciting. Will probably be on with a hundred and one questions once I have had a chance to play it a while.

Regards,

Al.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1296
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, December 08, 2008 - 7:37 am:   Edit Post

Hi Al, glad you got that bass, it has been tugging at my heart strings since I first saw it on ebay. It's truly an awesome sounding instrument. It sounds very much like my elan although I have to say it sound a tad heavier on the bottom end which I really like.

If I was less sensible I would have bought it on sight. Its beautiful.
I know you will love it and I'm glad that I was able to help in some way to you feeling confident about the purchase.

let me know if you end up gigging in England with it.

Jazzyvee

(Message edited by jazzyvee on December 08, 2008)
al_x_king
New
Username: al_x_king

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2008 - 9:54 am:   Edit Post

Cheers Jazzyvee,

She arrived with me safe yesterday. Even nicer in the flesh!!! I could not put her down last night. Just a beautiful feel and in superb condition for a bass approaching her 20th birthday. I will throw it a party!!! Love it and thanks for the help.

Al.
bracheen
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1418
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 10:32 am:   Edit Post

Alembic party in Ireland? I'm in! Congratulations Al beautiful bass.

Sam
eligilam
Intermediate Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 147
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post

Awesome. I like the Elans better than all of the other non-series/non-Stanley Alembic models. What's the scale length?
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1335
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 2:37 am:   Edit Post

I have a similar view to you eligilam. I love the Elan body shape. They also have such a distinctive quality tone to them too.
Gorgeous instruments. The one on the top of this page is even more beautiful than mine. The perfect one for me would have a coco bolo top and signature electronics.
funkyjazzjunky
Advanced Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 328
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 2:25 pm:   Edit Post

Why in the world did Alembic stop making them?
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5848
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 3:13 pm:   Edit Post

We didn't stop making them - they are just not in our catalog. You can special order the Elan body shape and complete specification anytime.
al_x_king
New
Username: al_x_king

Post Number: 8
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 5:01 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the comments folks. 34 inch scale length and sits extremely comfortably. I know the electrics were upgraded in later models but I really can't imagine it being much better, the range of tone and clarity as it is is phenominal! This bass knocks me out every time I play it. (As I am sure is the same experience for any Alembic owner) I have found my soul mate!!!

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