Author Topic: Going Exclusively Series?  (Read 157 times)

jazzyvee

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Going Exclusively Series?
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:19:48 AM »
I guess this is really aimed mainly at those members who have had a variety of alembic basses and made the move to go exclusively to owning and playing only series basses. Why did you decide to offload your non series basses and go exclusively series?
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jacko

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Re: Going Exclusively Series?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 03:45:06 AM »
Can't help with the question V but judging from 'sales' on ebay and basschat over the last few years I think you'd lose a fortune trying to sell your non-series instruments in the UK.

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Re: Going Exclusively Series?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 04:46:17 AM »
Although I might get there eventually, I'm not there yet myself. I have two Series basses (Standard point and SC) both of which I wisely purchased used. I play the shorty probably 60% of the time (80% when practicing solo). However, when playing out, I often grab one of my Standards because I find it easier to dial in the tone I want. Maybe I just need more time with the Series basses, but I've played in some rooms where all the tweaking in world doesn't result in my Series tone blending in the way I (and bandmates desire). Mind you, some of this my be do to my "old school" view of the bass and my role as a bassist being to support the other musicians with whom I play as opposed to being the lower register equivalent of another lead guitarist. On the other hand, the Alembic Series sound tends to stand out and sometimes its incredible clarity (I received comments that it sounds like the lower register of piano as much as a bass) isn't what's called for in the music I'm playing.


As far as the money piece goes...the only bass I'll probably never sell is the custom standard I purchased new as the loss on that one would be too much to bear. On the other hand, the two used basses I've sold have basically gone for what I paid for them.

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Re: Going Exclusively Series?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 07:17:24 AM »
Yep I think generally you are right there Jaco, alembics are hard to move here. It's not that I want to sell mine but i'm finding that the more I use the series basses and get used to them, the more I find that when I use a non series bass, I am searching for a series sound from it which isn't gonna happen. Maybe my ears are changing in my old age. :-)
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Re: Going Exclusively Series?
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2017, 10:04:53 PM »
My first Alembic was a Series bass and it just seems to me (my opinion only and no judgment on anyone else's) that a non-Series Alembic is only halfway there. Now that I'm used to SII electronics, even SI electronics are a bit frustrating as I find myself wanting to find the in between Q settings.

That's just me, though. There are a number of models which I haven't had the pleasure of playing, so it's an opinion formed without all available evidence.