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Username: balembic

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 11:04 pm:   Edit Post

I hate to outdo y'all, but here's a babydoll!!!

Mica, I know this is one of the first Epics, but can you tell me how many were made before it or what number it is(Epic) It is 93W8032
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 652
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 12:04 am:   Edit Post

Welcome-welcome to the club: you're a real brother: we have exact 1 letter difference.
And this beautiful poster of course!
(What's that guitar doing in front of it).LOL

Wwelcome again to this weird world of low frequency bathing beings.

Paul the bad one
Username: mica

Post Number: 1145
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post

Sorry balembic, but we don't track the number of each model we've made (except for a few limited editions).

Your bass looks in great shape! Thanks for taking such good care of it.
Intermediate Member
Username: alembic76407

Post Number: 186
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Mica , what year did you start building Epics?

David T
Username: minkiema

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

Hello to you all,

Last week I found these '93 Epic in a local shop and now she's mine. Used Alembics are hard te get in Holland so it was now or never..

1993 Epic

The serialnumber is 93W7986, also one of the first Epics.


Username: mattheus

Post Number: 57
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post

Heeeeeeee, welkom bij de club!!!!!

Soon Paul (TBO) will give you a formel proper welcome to the club. He'll scream for more pictures, and invite you to the European Alembic Meeting.
But for now; That's a real cool bass. Indeed used Alembic are very hard to get, I'm always looked for a specific one, but it doesn't come along. But one day......
Your day has come, and be happy with it. Let us all know how things are going, and send in a few more pictures.

Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 653
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 1:50 pm:   Edit Post

Verdekke ...weer een noorderbuur!
Welcome-welcome Rembrandt , welcome in this weird ultimate low frequencies-club of bass-players. I think you made a good choice, Alembics are for live ...at least you keep one of them just as a reference.
You will meet soon some other Brothers from "boven de Moerdijk" together with a bunch of the most friendly people you will ever meet in your live, coming from all over the world. I warn you for some other Paul's coming up: a good one who is always yelling "pictures-pictures-pictures" (but you did that already so he will stay calm) and a fake one who is in fact Kermit the frog in disguise. Both of them have somthing with beer: the first makes it, the second drinks it.
Anyway ...that's enough nonsense for a first meeting, welcome again and it is good to have you here.

Paul the bad one

PS: about that meeting. Yeah I'm working on that. Just I have to pich a appropriate day. I'm negotiating with "Senior management"
Username: minkiema

Post Number: 2
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 2:42 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you all for this warm welcome, I feel at home immediately.
The Alembic is great, I've played one before in London back in '98, had no cash then, but I finally got one. I play Fender Jazz for years, but the Epic will now be my main bass...
The European Alembic Meeting, sounds good...

Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 58
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 2:53 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Rembrandt,I too played a Fender J-bass for 10 years before stumbling across an Epic 4 in 94' and have been helplessly addicted to Alembic products ever since.That's just it.Once you play an Alembic everything else just pales in comparison and nothing will satisfy but an Alembic.At least it's like that for me.
Advanced Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 221
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 6:16 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome all you Epic bretheren!

Paul The Preacher Man(TBO) speaks the truth. We are a little off-center here. By the way Rembrandt, I like those doors ;) I'm assuming they are pocket doors by the hanles( or lack of).

Now, back to the Epics at hand! These are some funky looking basses. How do you guys like them? Does that upper horn get in the way? How do they sound??? I would love to hear a sound sample of each of those beauties!

Congrats and welcome to the club!

Paul Jr.
Username: bob

Post Number: 73
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 10:23 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, you're right. I didn't even notice the doors the first time, but initial focus was clearly directed towards the bass.

And then for a moment I thought maybe it was a mirrored wall, but it does have those handles. Nice (the bass, I mean... :-)

Not to be critical, but the perspective could have been adjusted to give the peghead slightly better alignment with the handles. Would have been very Escher-like, I think.

Yes, we're all weird in our own little ways, some of which are perhaps related to appreciating beautfiful woods, and craftsmanship, as much as we do. Welcome.

(So how do the doors sound, anyway?)
Username: minkiema

Post Number: 3
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 12:06 am:   Edit Post

Sliding doors, dividing the living room or "kamer en suite", are common in Dutch houses, built before WWII. Opening and closing the doors is like a train passing by...The Epic sounds so much better..
'93 Epic headstock
I closed the doors to keep the cats out of front of the camera.

Username: adriaan

Post Number: 49
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 1:02 am:   Edit Post

Geachte heer Van Rijn,

Good-looking Epic! I think they may have changed the design of the body very slightly, if I compare it to my 94 model (http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/4519.html?1055019057). The elbow contour on the later models doesn't stretch to the upper horn, and the lower horn is less square - but the shadows could be playing tricks on me.

Are those d'Addario Slow Wounds? The first time I tried a set of what they call long scales, the A string didn't even reach the tuner. No problem with the string wrapping over the nut?
Advanced Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 222
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 6:42 pm:   Edit Post


I re-read my post and realized I jumped around a bit. Good catch on that one bob, "(So how do the doors sound, anyway?)". I'm still chuckling over that ;)

What I meant to say was, how do those two Epics sound? I can imagine how the doors sound!

Paul II
Username: minkiema

Post Number: 4
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

Ha Adriaan, I think the body of my 93 is the same as your great 94 model, is must be the shadows.

Indeed the strings are Slowounds, they came with the Epic last week. Amazingly the string wrapping takes no effect on the sound, else I would have changed that at once.

Hey Paul II, as 10 year Jazz bass player, I have no trouble with the upper horn. They sound very direct, with a lot of sustain and with a clear deep low, compared with my '76 jazz. I have no sound clips at the moment, but maybe they will come...

Username: minkiema

Post Number: 7
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 12:18 pm:   Edit Post

Took some time, but here my '93 Epic in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQaDR2K8K_8

Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 718
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 8:10 pm:   Edit Post

quite nice!

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