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Just now, Chewie said:

Nice..... maybe we should start a thread of guess the body.....?

 

Could get really dull......!

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13 minutes ago, Piers_Williamson said:

And are we allowed to see the rest?  Pleeeeese!

Not in this thread! Heresy!

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8 hours ago, Piers_Williamson said:

And are we allowed to see the rest?  Pleeeeese!

“The Alembic Thread” -Page 15 .

 

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On 06/05/2020 at 19:01, Piers_Williamson said:

My goodness, that is a thing of beauty :)  ELP tribute band?

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 .

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It's now dawned on me that Greg Lake owned more than one eight string Alembic.  There's one with signs of the Zodiac and a second later one (which I think John Entwhistle ended up with) with pirate symbols.  They both look like they had 8 full sized tuners.  They must have weighed a ton.

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I've twice played one of those 8-string Alembics: once at the UMIST Students Union and once in a bass shop in Romford.

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7 hours ago, Piers_Williamson said:

It's now dawned on me that Greg Lake owned more than one eight string Alembic.  There's one with signs of the Zodiac and a second later one (which I think John Entwhistle ended up with) with pirate symbols.  They both look like they had 8 full sized tuners.  They must have weighed a ton.

The one he offered to sell (top photo) C067E86B-12B9-4ECE-BF5D-FDFD9CCE8DBA.thumb.jpeg.c8546a1096b5b5b95a0a29ecd0befe76.jpeg4A0350A4-433E-47EB-ABDC-55F241E631DA.thumb.jpeg.9d6b3fef7a274239383615368b280919.jpeg 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. 

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7 hours ago, BritBass 2 said:

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. 

I bought a used Rick 4001 for £400 in 1986 from Rose-Morris. I think £3.5k was astronomical price at that time.

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10 hours ago, BritBass 2 said:

The one he offered to sell (top photo) C067E86B-12B9-4ECE-BF5D-FDFD9CCE8DBA.thumb.jpeg.c8546a1096b5b5b95a0a29ecd0befe76.jpeg4A0350A4-433E-47EB-ABDC-55F241E631DA.thumb.jpeg.9d6b3fef7a274239383615368b280919.jpeg 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. 

£3,500 in 1984?! Jesus that’s an awful lot of money.

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1 hour ago, Kev said:

£3,500 in 1984?! Jesus that’s an awful lot of money.

I think new, now, something like that would be in the region of £20,000...

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14 minutes ago, eude said:

I think new, now, something like that would be in the region of £20,000...

 

14 minutes ago, eude said:

I think new, now, something like that would be in the region of £20,000...

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 .

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1 hour ago, BritBass 2 said:

 

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 .

Wow!

There's nothing special or different that they are doing to justify that price.

Does that make it's asking price of £3500 in 84 reasonable?

Insanity.

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Update...

Looks like it was a bargain!

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Can I just ask something as simple as what the string intervals were on his 8 strings and on Brit Bass'.  Is there a reason you can get away with smaller tuning pegs (apart from neck dive)

PS I really really don't have £30k, as much as I like Alembics (cheaper ones at least:) )

 

 

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9 hours ago, BritBass 2 said:

 

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 .

....

 

That's just ridiculous. And i thought Fodera were expensive, I had no idea that Alembic went that high.  That's just completely bonkers.

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