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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #45 on: July 14, 2015, 04:38:21 AM »
Looking really great! Mica - i sent you an email about connecting with your dad. Please advise. Thanks!

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #46 on: August 14, 2015, 10:38:20 AM »
What are the four mini-switches located closest to the bridge for?
 
I'm absolutely enthralled by this bass. It's just breathtaking. (I just stopped breathing, to prove it.)

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #47 on: August 14, 2015, 03:13:55 PM »
It's a pretty cool bass! I can't tell you how much i miss it!. The switch closest to the neck changes the state of the super filter channel between hi/band/low pass. the second puts the two filters in series or parallel (you can use the normal SII lowpass on top of whatever you do with the SF). The third one takes the SII filter in or out of the circuit (can get pure pickup, no EQ), and the fourth is a stereo/mono switch. I like knobs and switches

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #48 on: August 27, 2015, 03:32:33 AM »
Mica, from a amateur french polisher/restorer, how did you repair that bad shrinkage crack on the bottom of the bass ? Did you fill it with a thin maple laminate ?
It is a great restoration job, the new finish really does the all the repair work justice, a classic 70's west coast design from Alembic brought into the 21st century!
I guess glues are much better these days and hopefully new basses will not suffer this in the future

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #49 on: August 31, 2015, 04:30:38 PM »
We use Titebond glue now just like we did back then. There were some issues with the original build itself - on the one side the joint was pretty messy - the wood had furred up a bit, and it simply wasn't square. We used a combination of what we call moon dust and glue. The moon dust is the fine dust from all Alembics that settles on the highest rafters here. We collect it and use it for purposes just like this one. The color was a pretty good match. I'll post pictures where I try to highlight the repaired area.  
 
The top plates had lifted on the outside edges. This was an experimental build, and by looking at how we made it and how it aged, we can learn how to make something similar now that will hold up better over time - you have got to learn from your mistakes, right? The Bird's-eye Maple and the black binding and fill extend over the roundover, and that put extra stress on that joint. We managed to reglue it and it should be good for another few decades at least. I think now we would have the inlaid top stop before the roundover started.  
 
Since we stripped the bass down to the wood, the overall finish wasn't difficult to get looking great. What surprised me was the Purpleheart. Even in the original images, I never remember it being very purple, but it sure is now! I always thought the top of this bass was Cherry from the images (the core is). But then again, they are old pictures and have aged plenty themselves.

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #50 on: August 31, 2015, 05:22:00 PM »
Mica ,  
it is truly amazing to me that as the decades blaze past us , You , your Mother & Father and the dedication OF   The Sound  the method with excellence  and the result and Essence of Alembic remain in 100%  in  constitution . Alembic is now and will remain to be sound that is the Sandard of Perfection .
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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #51 on: September 01, 2015, 04:44:41 AM »
gimme gimme gimme gimme!  Didn't know about the moon dust, but I do remember you reminding me that I'd sent a letter to your mom and dad 35 years ago asking for a bag of Alembic dust to put in the studio i was building then... and i'll finally get some!

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #52 on: September 01, 2015, 06:26:57 AM »
Thanks for info Mica, I have used the same technique myself with wood dust and glue and using a syringe to squeeze it into any cracks.
Restoration can sometimes be more satisfying than a new project as you are;-
a) Extending it's time value
b) Saving it from the scrap bin
c) Thinking of innovative methods of repair
Great repair work indeed!!

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #53 on: September 03, 2015, 06:18:36 AM »
Regarding the Alembic dust... that's so funny and ingenious at the same time! Wondering whose job it is to climb up there to collect it? =)
 
If I ever get out there for a visit, right at the top of my list is to see the shop and meet some of those folks too.  
 
Both of these basses are just so cool... Congratulations & Compliments!

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #54 on: October 13, 2015, 06:34:25 PM »
Mica - I've sent emails, left voice mail... any news?

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #55 on: October 16, 2015, 07:40:01 PM »
Your electronics are on dad's bench now. He works on 2 instruments at the same time, so when one gets frustrating he shifts over to the other. We had a hard time scheduling time for you and him to chat during his eye stuff, but that's all over now, and next week is good for him on Wednesday or Thursday if you are available. You can email me to coordinate.

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #56 on: October 19, 2015, 03:47:53 PM »
Mica - I sent you a note with times for Thursday. Please let me know asap what works. Thanks! Mark.

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #57 on: July 02, 2016, 12:24:44 PM »
Anything?

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #58 on: July 03, 2016, 12:24:45 PM »
Yup! Finally got the replacement tuners you requested, James got them installed and all tuned up. Shipping will be Tuesday or Wednesday, arrival based on your preferences for shipping service. Looks great, plays great, sounds great.

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Re: Restoring Mark's Custom Series II Bass
« Reply #59 on: July 04, 2016, 06:55:19 PM »
 Can you please let me know the options? Email is best, or leave a message on my phone. Thanks!