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Username: darkstar01

Post Number: 65
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 4:43 pm:   Edit Post

So I came home from Atlanta today, only to find that someone had broken into my house, and only taken my precious Dark Star. Several of my other basses, including two Alembics, were packed and ready to go, as well, but luckily whoever took it got spooked and left them. I'm sure posting here is pretty hopeless, but I know there are some people in the Asheville area of NC, and that's not too far from where I am (Greenville, SC), so I'm just putting the word out there. AND I'm quite upset and hoping this will help me calm down a little.
These things happen, right?
Username: valvil

Post Number: 1016
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 5:05 pm:   Edit Post

That's terrible Austin!

My condolences, I hope it gets recovered. On the plus side it is so unique and well known that I would not lose all hope yet.

Taking just one ( and that one particularly) makes me wonder if it might have been someone you know that knew just what to take.

Good luck to you

Username: darkstar01

Post Number: 66
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 5:10 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Val.
I do have a very good idea of who took it, and I've already filed a report with the cops (THAT was fun).
I heard that the guy has robbed a couple houses in the past few days, and is planning on having a yard sale this weekend.
Needless to say, I'll be there.
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 612
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 5:34 pm:   Edit Post

Austin, I literally felt sick to my stomach when I read your post.

Usually I get a lift out of signing on to the Alembic forum and reading the recent musings, debates, questions, grumblings, etc. This crime will not go unpunished! I have already offered up a little prayer to the 'Big Man Upstairs' that your instrument is returned to you soon in the condition it was when it was taken.

With respect,
David R.
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 535
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 7:37 pm:   Edit Post

My thoughts and prayers are with you. My first bass was sold by a herion abuser to a music store. Though it pales in comparison to your loss, I hope you recover it quickly without too much bother.
I'm thinking about a camera based system for my place. Sign of the times I guess.
Godspeed Austin.
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 775
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 7:49 pm:   Edit Post

oh man!
I too hope you get a speedy and safe recovery. What a punch in the gut.
Keep the faith.
Advanced Member
Username: grateful

Post Number: 203
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 1:12 am:   Edit Post

Bummer man!

Hope the four winds blow her safely home.

Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 216
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 5:31 am:   Edit Post


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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2126
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 5:39 am:   Edit Post

Austin: Hope you get it back (and in perfect conditon) ASAP!

Danno: Good idea! My Bro has hidden cameras and a time lapse vid recording system for his mobile home to protect his expensive home theatre and computers. It's relatively cheap insurance.
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1286
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 6:28 am:   Edit Post

I feel for you Austin, but as Val said this is a very unique instrument and I feel you have a good chjance of getting it back.

Good luck and be sure and press charges when they find the idiot.

God Bless, Olie
Advanced Member
Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 306
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 6:48 am:   Edit Post

Good luck Austin; may your beautiful instrument make its way back to you.

Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 1147
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 7:39 am:   Edit Post

I dont have a dog But i do Have a Brinks Home secuirty alarm system on my house & a Big-ass Baseball bat!.....who ever took your stuff knew that you have equipment so i would watch the neighbors!
Username: mica

Post Number: 4512
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 9:09 am:   Edit Post

That's just terrible news, Autin. When you get a chance, email the report number and the department contact information where you filed the police report. We'll put this in the instrument file so we can contact the police should we ever hear from this bass. You can also mail me a copy of the report if you like.

Also, find out from the police if they have a designated pawn shop department. If so, make sure the details get to them as well. You'll want to do the same for any adjoining departments (even across the state border), since it's where almost half of the recovered basses wind up.

Don't forget to watch ebay and craigslist. You've got a bunch of people here that will be helping you watch these sites.

It sounds like the police have a good lead, and hope that your bass will be recovered in good condition quickly.
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 627
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 9:14 am:   Edit Post

Terrible, must be a nightmare.

The uniqueness of the instrument should theoretically be an advantage. Send every pawn shop and music store in your area (and draw a WIDE circle!) a picture and the serial number. I sure hope there's a happy ending to this story... :-(

Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 1566
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 9:34 am:   Edit Post

I've been on the wrong side of this equation too many times myself, so I can really feel your pain. Good luck!!
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2341
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post


My heart goes out to you. Keep the faith. I'll be thinking positive thoughts for your bass's quick recovery.

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 622
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 2:28 pm:   Edit Post


I saw your bass under construction (being inlaid!) at the mothership. Hearing it was stolen was like a blow.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Senior Member
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 562
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

Austin, words cannot express the anger and rage I felt when my Elan was stolen from me -by someone I trusted. I feel for you more than I can say, and (obviously) hope you successfully reclaim your property quickly, and with no damage.

A couple quick thoughts. I recommend taking any and all carefully thought-out steps that won't have adverse consequences for you... to get your bass back. Obviously, covering the pawn shops is a basic good idea -as others observed. Another thought: since you feel you've got a good idea who took it, you might consider the possibility of consulting a professional private investigator and/or purchasing some surveilance equipment. Of course you would want/need to consider the legalities of any such issues to protect yourself from any issues. A few years ago I was looking at some amazingly sophisticated equipment for surveilance. I think one of the laser gizmos that can be aimed at a window and convert the vibrations on the window back into sound was around $1300 at a store in town. And there are less sophisticated devices that allow you to eavesdrop discreetly from a distance.

Now I don't advocate violating the privacy of others... on the other hand, depending on the specifics of the situation, you may be morally justified in taking steps (which might not be legal) in ascertaining whether someone violated your rights and took your property.

The police generally don't have a terribly good track record of protecting citizens' interests... and the sad truth is, unfortunately, if you want justice, you'll oftentimes have to either buy it or provide it yourself. When/to the extent "the system" makes it necessary -it can't rationally be held against you -so long as you don't cross the line and do something immoral yourself.

I hope the human garbage that stole your bass suffers the most horrible and painful fate imaginable.

And more importantly, I hope you get your bass back safe and sound -and quickly.

I will keep my eyes open for it. I don't expect to see it, but in the unlikly event I do see or hear of it (which would be over the net as it's unlikely it would find it's way to Las Vegas) I will immediately email you -as well as contact Alembic and post here.

I'm sure glad your others weren't taken.

I hope it was insured.

Best wishes, Austin

Mark -the "8-String King"
Senior Member
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 563
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

I'd also recommend looking to see if there are any sites to report stolen basses to on-line. I know there is a site where stolen flutes can be reported.

It might not hurt to check out a couple other on-line bass sites to spread the word. Maybe consider offering a reward if you can afford it.

And of course, keep your eye on ebay, craigslist, etc. I'm sure club members will have their eyes open for you.

Maybe there is a Musicians Union where you live?

It might help to have a "chain letter" mentality. Email a picture and info to anyone and everyone that can help, and ask them to forward it to 2 or 3 or X number of other people and to ask them to do the same. Though we all hate the nutty "chain letter" crap, this is something legitimate which hopefully people will sympathize with and be willing to spread the word on.

Your bass is so unique it'll be hard to sell to just anyone. I think you'll get it back -hopefully quickly and undamaged.

Since you think you DO know who took it, maybe you can do some detective work yourself. Try to find out exactly WHEN it was taken. Talk to neighbors and see if you can narrow down the window of time. Try to find witnesses. If you think you know who took it, do you know what kind of vehicle(s) he/she drives? Maybe you can find out where the person was at certain times, whether a "white truck" (or whatever) was near your home, or WASN'T in the persons driveway or garage. Maybe there are tire tracks, or other physical evidence. Did the cops bother to come out, and check for fingerprints? There are kits you can get to do this yourself, and you could lift prints off of the persons vehicle or other sources.

Now's the time to pull in favors and use all resources available to you. Don't let your anger keep you from overlooking anything.

Again, best wishes.
Advanced Member
Username: rraymond

Post Number: 222
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 7:03 pm:   Edit Post

My condolences, too. Hope you get it back soon and unscathed.
Advanced Member
Username: paulman

Post Number: 234
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2007 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post

The Chicago Boys are on the lookout, just in case. Sounds like a Jewel heist, just taking the one bass. Somebody know what they were going for.

That person's Karma-Fate will be dire.
Advanced Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 320
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2007 - 2:26 pm:   Edit Post

I feel your pain, as my first Rickenbacker was stolen from me years ago. Best of luck with getting your bass back, and I hope they get the ***wipe who did it.
Username: alemberic

Post Number: 46
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Friday, May 04, 2007 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post

Just adding my hope that you get your bass back very soon, as well as undamaged.

Advanced Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 336
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, May 04, 2007 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

My reissue J bass and Modulus J bass were both stolen from me while I was in my dressing room! I filed my report which I did'nt think would help but after scanning ebay for 3-4 months they both popped up(by the same seller of course). Called the cops and that's when the report came in handy. I did get them back mostly unscathed and I hope the ending to your story is similar to mine.
Basically I want you to get your bass back and the jerk that stole it gets to make new friends in a 6x10 room.
Username: jahnahisti

Post Number: 70
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 2:31 am:   Edit Post

Good Luck Austin!

(Message edited by jahnahisti on May 05, 2007)
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5031
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 3:57 pm:   Edit Post

Austin; I'm thinking of you and hoping things turn out ok.
Username: palmann

Post Number: 61
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 2:38 pm:   Edit Post

This is really bad news. Your bass has been on of my (if not the) favourite Alembics since I've seen it on the featured custom page.

I wish for you, that you'll get it back soon.

Gruesse, Pablo
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 143
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 8:30 am:   Edit Post

Chop the mother******* hands off!!!

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