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Username: mica

Post Number: 8105
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:53 pm:   Edit Post

Boy am I pooped! I spent most of today running around town tracking down some shipping documents that the carrier mislaid along their journey. Such relief that I finally found them and can get the customer's shipment out of customs-limbo. They were just waiting on a clerk's desk.

When I got back to Alembic and my desk, the first thing I did was tune in to the Alembic Club to see what all my peeps were up to. I probably haven't expressed this enough, but I really love this place. And of course it's the great people and spirits getting together that makes it so awesome. There's always something happy here and something to learn.

Thank you for being you!
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1106
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:51 pm:   Edit Post

Mica, it is us who should be thanking you & your family for providing us with this wonderful place that we can go to bond & socialize with likeminded people from all over the world who share a passion for the greatest instruments on the planet! So many great friendships are formed here & so much valuable information is exchanged, it's like the University Of Alembic! The moderators do an incredible job of policing the entries & keeping this a friendly safe place that we can come to for answers to our questions, for inspiration for our next instrument, for entertainment, to advertise our bands & projects, & to show off our Alembics! We are so lucky to have you drop in & share your wisdom of all things Alembic & to have amazing players like Jimmy Johnson stop by & share his wisdom & experience with us!

Thank you for being you & for creating truly life changing instruments that draw so many diverse people together from all over the world & cause us to lay our differences aside & have mutual respect for each other & enjoy each other's company!
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 26
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

Dittos!!! Thank you Mica, and your family, for all great things Alembic!!!

Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3201
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:40 pm:   Edit Post

I just walked in the door and read Mica's post and think _____Well thank you !! What Rusty already wrote is what I was thinking !

Mica ___Thanks to you and your family and everyone that make this place and Alembic Inc. the Best ; not just only in merchandise but in mentation and heart .

Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1107
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:56 pm:   Edit Post

Great minds think alike Wolf!
Advanced Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 393
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:48 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for making such amazing instruments! one day hopefully I'll actually be good enough to deserve it!! There's not many here in Vancouver, I've seen and played three and I own one of them, but every bass player who I've let try my bass has fallen in love with it, so maybe the numbers will one day increase...we can hope...anyway, thanks for being awesome and having this place to let me hang and be accepted even though I probably rank in the bottom 10 percent skill level here; mind you, I may be the only goldsmith and I can get better...I guess this a thanks to all who make it fun to come here and post,debate and rant...Thanks!
Advanced Member
Username: rjmsteel

Post Number: 220
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:31 pm:   Edit Post

Just walking in from a gig where I had the privelage of playing my Custom Series bass.
The tonal range from Super clean LOW end to crystal highs kept me and our bands fans smiling! No (other) bass even comes close. (You sure do have to play accurately though).

I have noticed a continual improvement in "operating" such a fine instrument and as, of I'd say just recently, since owning my Series (Sans Filters) Custom for about 2 years now that I really have a handle on controlling my tone/sounds adjustments and playing accuracy where I feel most confident I will achieve the Tone I just described at the gig... by the way it's snowing (again) and below zero - I think.. It's getting hard to tell anymore.

Anyways Thanks to you and your family, We have never felt rushed or anything when my wife or I have called with a silly or important question regarding your products.

This club is also a safe haven to me and receive much joy, and "Bass Temptation"!!!!!

Thanks, Rich
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3832
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 3:12 am:   Edit Post

Alembic Club....!!!!!
Man this place has cost me so much money it's not even funny......!!!
I say that in the nicest possible way and I consider it well spent money and before doing that this club has been a great knowledge base for advice about alembic from the people who really know and love these instruments.
Apart from the obvious and expected bias towards Alembic here, what I respect from members here but not on the other musicians forums I've checked out is whilst must of us have a preference for alembic above all others, we don't generally rubbish other brands of basses and guitars we are more accepting of the differences and a buyers reasons for their individual choices. On other forums I've checked out there does seem to be a lot of negative bashing of brands which I think doesn't really do it for me.

I remember calling Mica before I had my first alembic to find out about what the bass was. She asked me to call her back with the serial number and she would tell me. I did that and found what I was looking at was a Stanley Signature deluxe that the shop had marked up and priced as a Stanley Clarke Signature Standard...... Bingo...
Needless to say I snapped that baby up and got my first Alembic bargain.

Thanks Mica, thanks guys.

ps: Mica... you have a lovely accent.
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 246
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 4:49 am:   Edit Post

Mutual respect, professionalism, superior service, respected Musicians/ Craftsman / and Service people always eager to lend a hand to everyone, and of course the high end quality of the Instruments created by a group of very kind and engaged close nit Family and Friends. This chemistry is a rarity and is quite special.
Mica, what’s not to like!
Advanced Member
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 299
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 5:46 am:   Edit Post

Well, and here I just woke up, 6:00 am on a Saturday (thanks, gastro-esophagic reflux!), couldn´t sleep back, opened my mail and found this mail thread, and I totally have to agree with Rusty. It is not only the pleasure and the privilege of playing such wonderful instruments (and the joy they bring to us, and through us, to everyone who listens. Is it even possible to carry a bad vibe through music when you are playing it with such a wonderful tool?), but the sense of community, of family, of sharing beyond the simple information on "maker/model/configuration" that anyone outside this wonderful circle would think about!. I guess, when you have in your hands (literally!) the power to change things, to change lives through music, starting with the lovely craft by the hands who make these wonderful instruments with this very purpose, then you know the gift is greater than your instrument´s scale, and, as far as I know, there´s no CNC machine able to do that yet!.

Therefore, thank YOU, all Alembic friends, family, community, for bringing us not only fine instruments, but tools to help us change the world through the power of music!
Intermediate Member
Username: jon_jackson

Post Number: 191
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 6:11 am:   Edit Post

Discovering this Club, and Alembic basses, had a significant and positive impact on me. Ditto, Jazzy. Thanks to the Wickershams, Alembic craftspeople and you all. What a place!
Intermediate Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 132
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post

Mica, thank you for all that you do! Although I don't post often here, I do visit on a daily basis to see what's going on. When I finally got an Alembic a little over two years ago, I knew I had found the sound I have always wanted.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my questions about my instruments, even if one or two of my questions were a bit silly! I will also never forget you calling to set my mind at ease about one of my Alembic purchases. I have never experienced greater customer service, and I'm glad that Alembic does things the right way!

Of course, I have to acknowledge everyone at Alembic for making the finest instruments available. Your care and attention to detail are second to none.

Also, thanks to all of my Alembic buddies who I've chatted with here and in real life! You're the best!
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11280
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

As with everyone else here, music plays an important part of my life; and I literally would not be where I am musically without Mica, Susan, Alembic, this club, and the members here. And for that I am grateful.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2170
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:10 am:   Edit Post

Been here a while now..made some great friends through here, given and taken loads of advice and comments and I hope if I ever get to the states again I will have a plethora of people to meet up with.
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1942
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 7:43 am:   Edit Post

Honored to be here among a collective Alembic soul and the many great spirits.
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 248
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post

This place is a sanctuary

A respite from the rigors of daily life where we can celebrate each other's dreams and fantasies becoming reality.

Thank you for allow us to enter!
Advanced Member
Username: southpaw

Post Number: 272
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post

It is always a pleasure to visit the Alembic Club. I have been a member for quite a few years and enjoy the discussions, advice and the pictures of the latest creations. The club members are a terrific group who maintain a higher level of civility than normally found on web forums, we can thank our moderator Dave for keeping the discussions civil and always positive; thanks for your efforts Dave. Of course thanks to Mica, Susan and the entire Alembic family for their time & expense creating and maintaining the Club website, your kindness and contributions are greatly appreciated.
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2109
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post

I'd always known that there were Alembic basses out there. Part legend, part mystery, part unobtanium.

When I moved to Nashville in '90, I ran across a trashed Series One in a music store, and I do mean trashed, but nonetheless, it was the first time I saw 'the Point' in the flesh, and instantly understood what the big deal was about, but was otherwise clueless about the features of the instrument.

FF about 10 years later and I bought the BigRedBass and now, I had to know what did what, even if mine only had a few knobs and was missing that 'middle pickup' and didn't have an XLR (wrong!!) on the front face.

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why my tone control was a wah-wah, why some fool had put two of the pickup height screws on BOTH pickups beneath them, and what the HELL were those blue boxes in the control cavity. . . .

Mica and Susan very patiently explained to me (as I'm sure they have done hundreds of times) what did what, and why this or that was made that way.

What's more, they treated me like family, and I had bought a USED instrument: In other words, I hadn't put two cents in their purses, but you'd never know it from the way they treated me: Like a King. I will never forget just how good they have been to me (and Mary, too !).

And over time, I've made some terrific online friends, and of course, Will Gunn lived in the area before going into the Witness Protection Program and relocating to Iowa. Will is just terrific, encyclopedic in his knowledge of these things, and EXACTLY the type of guy you hope to find to get your new axe done up right. The Best. Matter of fact, this reminds me I need to call him. Was gonna run by him picking up your new axe from him at the 'Field of Dreams', Alembic baseball jersey, oh well . . . . .

And if I can ever become like Dave Houck, I'd be the better for it. I really appreciate who you are and what you do.

So really Mica, I thank YOU and Susan and Mary for being let into this community, one of the nicest things that's ever happened to me.

J o e y

(Message edited by bigredbass on January 27, 2014)
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2171
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 3:21 am:   Edit Post

Well said Joey..well said for all of us I would assume
Advanced Member
Username: spose

Post Number: 318
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 5:15 am:   Edit Post

the club...
much better today then the old yahoo days

rave on ALEMBIC!!!

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