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  1. Interesting to see the difference in body shapes between Brooklyn/Kramer NS 2 basses and later instruments. When Stuart moved to Woodstock back in 1992 all the original Brooklyn/Kramer tooling was still owned by Kramer in New Jersey , essentially he had to restart from scratch. Looking at the euros, the body behind the bridge has a pronounced “pull/stretch” from the centre resulting in a more symmetrical appearance. Photo - Top Euro (walnut) . Lower - Kramer (amber).
  2. Haz Lab 9 volt from around 1986.
  3. The smaller tuning machine heads certainly do the job as well as reduce the potential for any neck dive.
  4. For the first time in over thirty years I went through and sorted out all the original paperwork , receipts and accessories , including Ron’s circuit diagrams for this particular instrument .
  5. His Pirate bass neck was quite chunky , if I recall the nut width was close to two inches while the Manticore/Tarkus Bass was definitely narrower. I selected the narrow spacing option on my 8 string , but as with all Alembics you have to develop a more precise playing technique .
  6. I’ve just checked the Alembic website - A Series 2 eight string bass with custom inlays RRP including 20% VAT is now a whopping £37240.00 .
  7. The one he offered to sell (top photo) had characters from the album Tarkus on the fingerboard. I’ve played his “Pirates” carbon graphite necked 8 string bass which was sold to John Entwistle via the Bass Centre Wapping back in 1984 for £3500.
  8. Back in the eighties Greg did offer to sell me his Alembic “Manticore” 8 string . When viewing sadly the headstock/neck joint was badly damaged making it unplayable , it now resides Stateside at the Hard Rock Cafe .
  9. I’ve only owned and played US Kramer NS 2 basses and definitely think it’s worth keeping an eye out for one . Generally other players say the Kramer’s have slimmer , faster necks plus the Haz Lab/EMG combination gives you that classic tone . As for prices ,good clean condition examples will probably start at around £2500 to £3500/£4000 for very clean examples, not exactly cheap but still less than those from the Woodstock workshop. There’s also speculation about the old 1980’s EMG pickups possessing different tonal qualities to those currently in production.
  10. As my initial post was rather open to interpretation ,I’ve amended it to focus more on those at TB possibly looking at purchasing an American Vintage Reissue in the future . Thank you.
  11. Good point , the Japanese regularly produce Factory Special Runs , it should be possible in US .
  12. During Dan Smith’s tenure at Fender, he ask the staff and management employed by Fender during the 50’s and 60’s as to why the old instruments were generally better built . Their answer was simple - as many failed quality control back then as did in the 1970’s . It’s just they stopped these reaching the market place where as CBS were happy to turn a blind eye and just release stock regardless of any issues.
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