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rraymond
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Username: rraymond

Post Number: 115
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 3:00 pm:   Edit Post

Now, who's not a fan of the Fan Peghead? ;-)
palembic
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Username: palembic

Post Number: 1564
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 3:05 pm:   Edit Post

VERY nice pictures, very nice bass, stunning color, love the sun room, we miss the sound ...where is the sound button so we can hear her????

Paul the bad one
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 844
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 5:54 pm:   Edit Post

That's just a great looking bass; and I love the Fan Peghead!
rklisme
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Username: rklisme

Post Number: 107
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

Reid

What an awesome looking instrument, I bet you are a happy man! I shouldn't be to far behind you now myself. Have fun!

Rory
rraymond
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Username: rraymond

Post Number: 116
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 7:33 pm:   Edit Post

Rory,

Good grief, you're double dipping in the Balance K pool. A quilted maple monster and a coco bolo blaster; I'm thinking you're going to be the happy man! Wait a minute, this is Alembic-land, there's lots of happy people here, and I'm one of them! You will love the Balance K, I promise. It is easily the most comfortable Alembic I've ever played. There's no keeping the body in-place with your forearm, or supporting the neck with your lefthand. This baby, even a 5-string, hangs at 2 o'clock all night long. It's lighter than my Elan and Orion 5-strings, and weighs the same as my 4-string Series 1. If the three most important things in real estate are location, location and location, then the three most important things to know about a Balance K bodied Alembic are comfort, comfort and comfort.

Paul,

The sunlight really illuminates the bass from the inside out. It looks like Cherry 'burst. In normal lighting it looks more like it does in the photos that Mica took. BTW, I did try the Jameson's and it is smooth, smooth, smooth. Very tasty! Of course, I grew up in Tennessee, and after Tennessee sour mash whiskey, almost anything else is smooth, including paint thinner.

Dave,

I love the Fan Peghead even more now that I have one; it really works with this particular bass, for sure.

Take care all, and thanks for the compliments on the bass,

Reid
basstard
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Username: basstard

Post Number: 111
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 5:11 am:   Edit Post

*drooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool*

Stunningly beautiful! Congrats Reid, you lucky man...

*drooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool*
palembic
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 1573
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 5:32 am:   Edit Post

Hep ...can anyone get a towel???Jarek spilled the drool all over the internet ...my keyboard ....yuk ... (lol ...we understand you Jarek but please don't nibble your screen anymore!!!!!)

Paul the bad one
bassman10096
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 633
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post

Just beautiful, Reid. A fan peghead's ahead for me!
Congratulations. It sounds like you are already enjoying.

Bill
hollis
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Username: hollis

Post Number: 346
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post

Reid,

Pinot's a gem! The bursts that the Bob does are pieces of art within themselves.

I have dreams of a vintage wineburst baritone Futher to compliment my Skylark...

I can only imagine how beautiful Pinot is in person..... but I have a pretty good idea that it's breath taking.

Enjoy
rraymond
Intermediate Member
Username: rraymond

Post Number: 119
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 9:52 am:   Edit Post

Hollis:

Did you snag the Wineburst Skylark? I always liked that guitar. Pinot is a beaut! I'm still amazed at how easy to play and comfortable this bass is.

Bill, are you having the same experience? This body-style is so comfortable I can't believe it.

Reid
hollis
Advanced Member
Username: hollis

Post Number: 347
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post

Reid,

My Skylark is Vintage Wineburst. It's very similar to the one in the showroom except it has
abalone ovals (beautiful), brass backplates, and I added a Hipshot d-tuner.

Alembic bursts are the finest I've seen anywhere, period.

Every time I open the case (several times a day), I'm blown away by its depth.

BTW Reid, I think I'm just a few hours north of you. Mayhap we'll meet one day....

rraymond
Intermediate Member
Username: rraymond

Post Number: 120
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post

Hey Hollis:

So you're up in Tacoma, eh? I've got some friends out in Bonney Lake, a little bit east of Seattle, that I get up to see almost yearly. Maybe we can do a meeting of Pacific Northwest Alembic freaks sometime! I'd like to see that Wineburst Skylark - and I'm with you on the 'burst finishes, NOBODY comes close to Alembic.
jeff
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Username: jeff

Post Number: 58
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post

Reid,

Your bass looks like it is radiating flames from a celestial body! The Wineburst finish and quilted maple make for a beautiful bass. Most impressive.

Jeff

(Message edited by jeff on September 17, 2004)
hollis
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Username: hollis

Post Number: 354
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post

Hey Reid;

I know the Bonney Lake area pretty well (I used to drive the bus route though it). Whenever you're going to be in the area, give a holler. I'm sure a good time will be had by all!
bassman10096
Senior Member
Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 638
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 1:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Reid: You are absolutely right, my K style bass is amazingly comfortable to play - both standing and sitting. Sitting down, the body curves make it very easy to position where I want it (You know - not to far/too close). Standing up with the bass on a strap is surprising too. My bass is not a lightweight despite its slim shape (can't recall exactly, but I was surprised - I believe it was over 10 lb.). But it rides nicely against me, balances perfectly and feels better than any I've owned Of course, the wide, comfortable Alembic strap has something to do with that, too.). Of course, these are all probably somewhat subjective measures. But I plan to buy another - when I can afford a 5 string with ebony lams.

Bill
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 647
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post

Reid: Congrats on your baby Pinot's promotion to Custom of the Month for Nov. '04. That thing is gorgeous and the accolades are absolutely deserved.

Cheers,

Kevin
lbpesq
Intermediate Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 116
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 3:39 pm:   Edit Post

Reid:

Custom of the month! Now comes Miller Time (or maybe Sierra Navada Pale Ale time). A beautiful instrument appropriately recognized for it's uniqueness! Play it in good health.

Bill, tgo
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 202
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 9:52 pm:   Edit Post

congrats on the bass of the month...
its a beauty....
rraymond
Intermediate Member
Username: rraymond

Post Number: 154
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 11:29 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys, I was appropriately stunned when I got an email from Mica stating that Pinot was up next for COTM, and asking for comments. Man, I am really enjoying this instrument.

Bill, your "beer time" comment amuses me, being that Pinot is all about the wine, and Wineburst influences. But, in true Southern fashion, it reminds me of a story. My ex and I took a beginners wine appreciation class a decade or so ago. The instructor always started the class with a few sips of beer - well Busch, a near beer, to be exact. Anyway, he would watch us with amusement when he did this, and finally someone posed the question, "Why do you always start the class with a beer? This is a wine class." His answer was that beer is an excellent palate cleanser, and he could better gauge a wine after a sip of beer.

Uh, OK...

All I know is that the last time I tried mixing beer and wine, I was about 22, and I woke up in the front yard of my best friend's girl friend's house! I'll never forget the pleasing sensation of cool, dewey, morning grass in my face! At the same time, I hope I never experience it again!

Alrighty then, I've totally derailed this thread!

Thanks again everybody, and have fun,

Reid
bigbadbill
Intermediate Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 135
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2004 - 11:08 am:   Edit Post

Reid, I'm always the last to every thread it appears, but that bass is absolutely stunning. Love the shape, and the peghead was always a personal fave. If I could afford another Alembic I think I'd go for one very similar to yours; beautiful! I propose a toast to Pinot and raise a glass of Baron St Jean (which is all of 2.20-odd here in the UK - anybody familiar with Aldi? - but strangely is my favourite wine. Lucky as I can't afford much else!)

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