I just purchased a used 1992 Essense in the original case and paperwork. This is a dream come true!
I started playing bass in the 70's while in Jr high school. (Didn't we all want to be rock stars!) I really got hooked and loved Fusion (RTF, Weather Report, Mahvishnu, etc) I took lessons, learned to site read and when I entered high school played in the school jazz band. My music teacher had me take a double bass home during the summer so I could learn to play and bow and came back and played in the symphony band as well......That was a long time ago.......
During my playing time I had a sunburst Precision with Dimarggio's. I wish I had kept it....I had always loved the sound of Stanley's Alembic and lusted after one, but knew that it would not be possible. During the 80's I picked up a Peavey T-40 from a local shop and messed around for awhile, but life got in the way and the bass got put away.
And now the rest of the story.......I found that T-40 at my Mom's house when I was cleaning it out, and decided to see if there was anything there.........I got the itch again!
After playing for awhile I started looking at basses and decided to search Alembic.......A local music store had an Essence on consignment, so I decided to go take a look. Wow, was I blown away! I intially wanted to see if I could find a Stanley bass, but after playing the Essence it just fit.....Love the body shape and the long scale neck, and each day I play it I am finding new tones and more joy......She's my baby...
I'm looking forward to a long relationship with her and many years of enjoyment.
Thanks for reading,