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oddmetersam
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Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 354
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 4:23 pm:   Edit Post

June 25, 2009

Five years ago today Michael Jackson died. It's also the day I took delivery of "Mary", my Mark King Signature Deluxe, at the factory. It seems like only yesterday....

marysmall

More about "Mary" here: http://www.alembic.com/info/fc_maryswish.html
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1251
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 7:09 pm:   Edit Post

Sam, I have been admiring your beautiful bass for years, but never knew the story of how you got it until now. What a wonderful tribute to your loving mother! I'm sure she smiles every time you play your bass! Happy birthday "Mary!"
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11395
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

I love that bass!
moongerm
Junior
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 21
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

Many blessings! Touching story and a beautiful bass!
oddmetersam
Advanced Member
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 355
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:24 pm:   Edit Post

Rusty, Dave and Brian

Thanks for the kind words, guys!

Rusty, I saw your bass while at the mini-gathering and I purposefully DID NOT photograph it because you need to see it in the flesh --er, wood -- for yourself. You are a lucky man, indeed!

Dave, it was a pleasure meeting you in person a few years ago at our gathering. And you made my bass sing in ways that I cannot.

Brian, OMG! I remember Piktor's Metamorphosis when it first came out in 1976 (I'm 59). Thanks to you, I'm listening to it now and it still KILLS! I will definitely check out your band. Double thanks.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1252
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post

Glad you like my bass Sam! We are flying out next week to see it "in the wood!" Mica sent me pictures of the new inlays this week & they look great! I can't wait to see them in person!
oddmetersam
Advanced Member
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 356
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post

Well, Rusty, your bass has so many well thought-out features that it makes for a great synergistic whole. I told Mica I think knobby headstocks are a really elegant, under-the-radar touch. The inlays are the icing on the cake. You might want to sit down and have a little talk with your other basses, though, just to nip any possible sibling rivalry in the bud cuz' they might be more than a little jealous.

And between you and Jazzyvee's arsenal, I'm becoming more and more enamored with the Europa shape....
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1253
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Sam! I have loved the Knobby headstock ever since the first time I saw one! I like the old school look of them. I wasn't sure how it would look on a Europa, but I love it!

My biggest fear when I commissioned the Europa build was that I wouldn't want to play my SCSD after getting it, & the more I see the progress on the Europa build, the more that fear is amplified!

Jazzyvee is responsible for me falling in love with the Europa body. When I saw his blonde Series II, I instantly loved it! He sent me a video of you playing it at the last Gathering & the tone is incredible!
pauldo
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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1194
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:15 am:   Edit Post

Sam, now knowing the history of Mary has elevated her beauty.
Very nice,
oddmetersam
Advanced Member
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 357
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:33 am:   Edit Post

Rusty, the knobby headstock is sublime! It imparts a "middle earth"/wizard's sceptre vibe and streamlines the whole shape of the bass in a very unique way. I love the medieval look of Bill's elongated 12-string headstock.

That blonde Europa played like a dream and since I never use a strap, it balanced perfectly when I was sitting down....

I only own one Alembic, so I can't really speak to whether or not one might wind up being neglected. I guess to keep things fresh you could experiment with altered tunings and/or flat-wounds on the SCSD, but since these basses have different woods and electronics I imagine they'll naturally sound different enough that they can't really be redundant (how can any Alembic be redundant?).
oddmetersam
Advanced Member
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 358
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:38 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, Paul!
moongerm
Junior
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 22
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post

Pleasure to meet you Sam!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1255
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 4:56 pm:   Edit Post

Sam, are you saying that Gandalf would have played a Knobby? LOL! I could see that!

Jazzyvee also told me that the Europa is well balanced, so that is good.

My SCSD is a short scale 4 string & the Europa will be a long scale 5 string so 2 very different basses. I'm hoping to share equal time with them once I get comfortable playing the 5 string.
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1053
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 6:48 am:   Edit Post

I'm being repetitive, but each Alembic I saw today is taking my breath away...

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