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 #156443  by Dozin
 Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:54 am
Very cool. That bass is an animal.
 #156625  by zambiland
 Thu May 18, 2017 12:40 pm
The bass is awesome to play. It does, however, have a pretty serious noise problem. That comes from the filters being adapted from telephone technology of the day that was designed for multiplexing multiple phone connections over one wire. The filters were designed for super tight frequency tolerances at the expense of noise. So, bringing up the filtered sound always includes a fair amount of noise.

Where the bass really shines is acoustically. It has a really wonderful bloom to the notes, even acoustically, that usually only happens when playing through a loud amp. I would attribute it to the thicker than usual neck (and also the fat ebony fingerboard) and probably the new headstock and the way it joins the neck. It's really a joy to play. I didn't get to play it through a powerful rig, though, so no bombs, but it was obvious what kind of power it has. However, I found that my bass (seen in the background), is equally wonderful, although a little different. I think the difference in fingerboard woods and the headstock construction account for most of it. That said, I'm not sure I would change it because I really like the current character it has.

Click on the URL link for an uncropped version of the picture, which shows my bass in the background. I was there picking it up after the installation of the bridge and re-installation of the pickup mounting system.

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 #156635  by mgbills
 Thu May 18, 2017 7:28 pm
Very cool.
 #158559  by TeeJay
 Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:24 am
Does anbody know if Alembic is ok due to the fires? Website is down. :(
 #158560  by Bigfoot Co.
 Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:13 pm
As I understand, the fire went west of 101 to the north of Highway 12, or in NW Santa Rosa. The fire / evac zone is from river road to the north to guerneville road south and Fulton rd west.

SW Santa Rosa, where alembic is, is ok for now. But things can change quickly...

Edit: just checked their Facebook page and they state they are ok