Dreaming is all it is... for now. I haven't a clue how long it might take, but I suppose step one is starting a fund, the size of which to be determined by what appointments are built into the order. I'm not a full-time player anymore, just a working guy with 15 years to go before even considering retirement. I do have a handful of steady, sometimes profitable gigs, including a repair shop where I work on upright basses, so there's at least there is a stream of disposable funds to put toward a bass order.
Discounting the possibility that I may find The One already built between now and then, this will just be a live fire exercise... just having a little fun... dreaming. If it happens, well, the build sheet can come straight from this thread, and it'll be a cool story.
To start with, if I were going to commission a new bass, it would (obviously) be an Alembic, but what would it be?
3. Maple/Purpleheart neck laminates (3)
4. Lined Fretless, Macassar Ebony board
Not much to go on... but it's a start. I simply don't have nearly enough experience yet to make good choices, especially on the electronics. Love my Quilted Maple Persuader with PJ/PVF Activators, wired Volume-Pan-Filter & 3-position Q switch, but I'm looking for a fretless contrast to that sound. Traditional soap-bars have a sound that appeals to me. Bass/Treble Boost/Cut works well for about anything I do musically, but the Filter is also a magical tonal experience.
We'll see where this goes.