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Oops how rude of me. Here is my alembic weapon of choice, that i picked up directly from Mica Wickersham at the alembic factory in California in 2012.  Series  II Europa.

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27 minutes ago, jazzyvee said:

Oops how rude of me. Here is my alembic weapon of choice, that i picked up directly from Mica Wickersham at the alembic factory in California in 2012.  Series  II Europa.

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Very nice jazzy, that’s class 👍

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1 hour ago, jazzyvee said:

Oops how rude of me. Here is my alembic weapon of choice, that i picked up directly from Mica Wickersham at the alembic factory in California in 2012.  Series  II Europa.

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What an absolutely staggering bass - one that I've had the great pleasure of seeing and hearing in action!

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Here’s an Elan 6 I had for a while. Really heavy but really nicely made. Sounded quite ‘dark’ and never really bonded with it, not being much of a six string player. Or much of a player at all, really. 

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23 hours ago, three said:

What an absolutely staggering bass - one that I've had the great pleasure of seeing and hearing in action!

Really?? when and where was that?

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This is definitely the thread to get the most 'likes' for your bass pics! 😁

But then we all know quality when we see it! 

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Nearly bought this a while back until a Smith I had been waiting for came up for sale. Good job because I couldn’t afford it and wasn’t able to play it beforehand. 

 

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14 hours ago, Captain Bassman said:

Short scale and long scale series 2s;

 

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Absolutely stunning pair of Alembics - curly koa and figured walnut facings, respectively?

41 minutes ago, ped said:

Nearly bought this a while back until a Smith I had been waiting for came up for sale. Good job because I couldn’t afford it and wasn’t able to play it beforehand. 

 

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If that was the Distillate (from Europe?) FS on this forum a couple of years back - likewise I stupidly dithered and missed out.....:(

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3 hours ago, jazzyvee said:

Really?? when and where was that?

Unless I’m going nuts, with Musical Youth outside the town hall in Birmingham - maybe around 2015?

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22 hours ago, Captain Bassman said:

Short scale and long scale series 2s;

 

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Love the SC - I can't get my head round the pointy tail versions - how do you stand them up without a stand?

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5 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

Love the SC - I can't get my head round the pointy tail versions - how do you stand them up without a stand?

Me too I love that short scale one. The reason for the pointy tail was because before Alembic made basses themselves they were a repair/modification shop and a lot of their work was repairing broken headstocks on basses because people didn't use stands so the point was to make it difficult to not use a stand. 

Further reading on the development of the body shapes. 

http://www.alembic.com/family/history_bodyshapes.html

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7 hours ago, Shaggy said:

Absolutely stunning pair of Alembics - curly koa and figured walnut facings, respectively?

 Thank you, they are rather special. I think you’re right on the shorty and it’s got the earlier satin finish which is really nice. The long scale is burl maple.

25 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

Love the SC - I can't get my head round the pointy tail versions - how do you stand them up without a stand?

You don’t...! 😂😁

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2 hours ago, jazzyvee said:

Yeah that sounds about right. :facepalm:

And very impressive it was too - from what I remember, there was an SVT and fridge rig

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Owned two (a Mark II and an Epic), and never liked them. That said, I owned a Wal Custom that I bought for £350 in Music Ground in Leeds for a year and didn't like that much either. 

"Handmade" is not necessarily a euphemism for "not a dog".

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22 hours ago, Brother Jones said:

Owned two (a Mark II and an Epic), and never liked them. That said, I owned a Wal Custom that I bought for £350 in Music Ground in Leeds for a year and didn't like that much either. 

"Handmade" is not necessarily a euphemism for "not a dog".

So... out of interest, given Alembic/Wals don't float your boat, what does? (No judgement, just intrigued whether you'll go Ritter or Squire?) 

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