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Alembic Series II incoming at Bass Direct

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2 hours ago, Kevsy71 said:

http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/Alembic_basses.html

Due in April 2019 (which must mean tomorrow :) )

Gorgeous flame maple top, but for a quid short of £22k you'd hope that was the case!

 @jazzyvee have you tried a medium-scale S2 before? Would be interested to hear your thoughts. 

 

The only one I have recollection of playing is a vintage medium scale bass in the Stanley Clarke body style. I tried a lot of alembics when I went to their USA alembic gathering in 2012 but no idea what the rest were. Sorry I can't help more.

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I have a 34” long scale Series 2 and for an average build chappy it’s a slight stretch to the first fret but not too bad.

I didn’t get the choice as mine wasn’t factory ordered by me but I would imagine the 32” would be quite nice and comfortable, assuming you’ve got a spare 22k sloshing around down your sofa cushions...ouch...!

That is going to be a real beauty though, no doubt.

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When you order it and they say: "great we will ship that to you by Hermes/ Yodel/ DHL... Or we could just chuck it over a garden fence in a street roughly near you?"

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37 minutes ago, uk_lefty said:

When you order it and they say: "great we will ship that to you by Hermes/ Yodel/ DHL... Or we could just chuck it over a garden fence in a street roughly near you?"

At 22K, I'd be happy for it to be carried by Hermes...the Greek god Hermes, that is.

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Who is going to buy this? Really who?

In today's instrument market, music industry and live music scene - a £22k 'bic!?

I'm sure Mark/BD know what they're doing commissioning it - presumably for a paying customer but really who?

I can get a dedicated (jazz) player sinking £10g on a full spec'ed Fodera - at least you'll get 2/3 of that back in a 2nd hand sale but £22k!

Mystified...

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NO. No Bass is worth that much money.  FFS you could buy a proper 17th century DB for that kind of cash ... or a decent second hand Audi ... OK, so maybe it is worth it .... to someone who wants the bragging rights.  Rather order three spanking new custom specced Wals though.

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Surely, whether it is worth it or not depends on who is buying it. I'm confident BD have a buyer as can't imagine they would buy in a bass worth £22k bass in the hope of selling it. 

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On 14/05/2019 at 18:20, visog said:

Who is going to buy this? Really who?

In today's instrument market, music industry and live music scene - a £22k 'bic!?

I'm sure Mark/BD know what they're doing commissioning it - presumably for a paying customer but really who?

I can get a dedicated (jazz) player sinking £10g on a full spec'ed Fodera - at least you'll get 2/3 of that back in a 2nd hand sale but £22k!

Mystified...

Maybe for the the buyer it's a keeper and they are not concerned about selling it on in the future. 🧐

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It’s an extreme example but if you love it, can afford it, (and know it won’t make you a better player), then it’s worth it.

 

 

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1 hour ago, NickA said:

Well,  I'd just assumed it was you @jazzyvee, adding to the extensive collection :¬)

Ahaaa, nah im not a fan of that classic body style so my bank account is safe. Ive come to the end of my bass buying days anyway. I have all i want now. 

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22 hours ago, jazzyvee said:

Maybe for the the buyer it's a keeper and they are not concerned about selling it on in the future. 🧐

I appreciate the sentiment but 'keepers' are generally acquired than built I'd suggest. You can spec' your nuts off with Alembic or Fodera then a cheapie comes by and just lands... tone, feel and mojo. Someone is taking a big gamble with £22 kilo-dabs. Of course it will be a great bass but maybe not for the commissioner...

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The Series 1 caught my attention as I read the Alembic price list. It might be $10,000 or so with regular wood. How many new 'Bics are sold each year ? 100? or 1000 ? There are more than 10 models.

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Thinking about it i'm sure I recall on fb that Marcus is now working for Simms in marketing so maybe it was his bass and interesting for Bass direct when he was working for them but less so now.

https://www.facebook.com/SimsGuitars/

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A friend of mine went to see it and play it recently - very beautiful apparently but didn’t feel it was worth the uplift in price against his (new) Wals. I’ve owned a SI with the same body shape and point but 34” scale - I struggled with the balance but purely a personal issue. I’m sure that the new owner of the BD SII will be delighted. There appears to be a relatively small but buoyant market for top-end ‘bics

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