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Details about  Alembic Distillate 8-string bass (Explorer shape)

Alembic Distillate 8-string bass (Explorer shape) See original listing
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Jun 21, 2012 05:37:40 PDT
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US $3,207.00
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$148.15 Expedited Shipping | See details
Item location:
Cincinnati, OH, United States


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Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition


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An extraordinary example of a fine Alembic 8-string bass. This 1982 bass is in excellent condition. It sets up well and plays with a low action. The top is koa, body is mahogany, neck is maple with purple heart laminate, fingerboard is ebony, and the headstock sports a koa veneer. The tuners are Schallers, inlays are mother of pearl ovals. The scale is standard 32". The electronics are the Distillate type (volume, tone, bass/treble boost/cut, "Q" switch for two different tonal ranges) and was updated (2006) with new controls, and what is called an RF upgrade, all performed at the Alembic factory. There are two nicks on the back of the bass, and some discoloration on the pickup covers, due to age. The case is in good condition, and all latches work. No keys for the case lock. Included is: documentation from Alembic, a pack of DR 8-string replacement strings, and other information that you will find useful as a new owner.This is the straightest bass you will find in this rare style.

I took down the previous auction, as there was sufficient revision in shipping to merit re-posting. I also found my purchase information and adjusted price, which for Buy it Now is actually 15% less than what I paid in 2003.

As for shipping and handling, the costs are generally comparable to shipping and packing fine furniture or other valuables, which is approx. 10-15% of selling price. I will supply receipts for any shipping and handling, but here are the estimates. The service will be handled by Navis in Cincinnati (513-860-2332). For a custom box and foam packing as per Alembic guidance (which costs about $90), ground shipment (which involves a lot of conveyor belt transit - a little rough), the cost will be around $215, for deferred air transit (less conveyor belt transit) that gets the package where it is going in 2-3 days, that would be around $315. These figures include insurance to $3.2K - usually 2% of value. These figures also represent a semi-worst case scenario, for the bass going from Cincinnati to a Los Angeles zip code. A sensitivity analysis indicates that distance of shipping does change with zip code, but the major issue here is that it is an oversize package, so up-front shipping costs are high to start with. The winning bidder should just plan on choosing one approach to shipping and send the full amount. I will refund if anything is leftover, along with the receipt for proof of actual costs.

This is a worthwhile investment. I have played this bass for 9 years now, and kept it up to maintain its "mean machine" status. So all of this S&H business is to ensure that this bass makes it to the new owner as it left Cincinnati.


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