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alembic epic...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by steve-o, Jul 17, 2003.


  1. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    how much is a mid 90's worth?
    not perfect condition by any means..
    dings scratches and such...it has been played

    but the sound and playabilty is nothing close to amazing..

    is $1000 good? this is from a guitar center.

    it has walnut i believe as the top and back..

    but man..blew me away on the sound

    it had everyting!!!

    steve
     
  2. It's kinda their low end model. But that's an okay price if you liked how it sounded and played. I've seen them go for as low as $700.
     
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    $700? then ill hold and what till its there for awhile...most kids ar like ameblic whats that?

    ill jus tak mi korn base

    steve
     
  4. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Yea, I'd agree. I've seen an Essence go for $1200. I'd rather have the Essence than the Epic.
     
  5. You might not want to take a chance at waiting for the Epic to drop down to $700.00. The bass that Funkycarnivore is talking about was probably from an individual sale instead of a dealer. I don't know. I would try to bargain for a lower price say something like $850.00 which might spike their interest. I have an Epic and I think it's a great bass and I have no need to save up for the so called better Alembics.

    2 cents
     
  6. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    well in two mins. of talking to a sales guy who had no idea what was goin on (he thought it was a g&l..???!!??) he dropped down to $1000 it was $1200..but ill wait a month and go back up there and talk if its still there..

    steve
     
  7. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i loved it..but it did have a chip that looked like it was glued back on..by a switch.
    finsh chips on the neck...i can hold out im not in a hurry for once..

    but i think that i found THE bass..we'll see after i get my mtd 535 in..

    steve
     
  8. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    If you really like the bass and you have cash, walk in, ask to speak to the manager, and tell him "I can give you [pick a number...I'd offer somewhere in the $825 range for that bass] cash right now. Otherwise I might have to buy a [name some other cool bass you saw across town]." Your choice if you want to listen to any counter offers. DO NOT give him the impression that you might come back later. Make it clear that once you walk out the door, there is no deal.

    I walked into a music shop several years ago that had a beat up Alembic Series I that they wanted to sell for $975. I told the guy I'd give him $450 cash right now. He countered $500, I paid $475. It can happen. Especially if they've had it awhile.

    Peace,

    James
     
  9. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    I got my mint '90 Essence for $895 with hard case. I wouldn't pay more than $700 for the Epic.
     
  10. Well Brooks ..you may not ever be likely to own an Epic at $700.00. Unless some desperate person gets rid of it not knowing the true value.

    However, I got your picture Brook but don't forget that the dealer don't have to sell it for $700.00. I know a shopowner at German Village Music Haus here in Columbus Ohio that sells his new basses at list price. People buy them like hot cakes unfortunately for me. He won't wiggle much on his prices. I have missed plenty of opts trying to save a nickel here and dime there doing the hold out thing.

    Here is my inquiry at Chuck Levins in D.C.

    Hello the Epic is $1810.00 with case.
    Thank you

    Carlos Romero
    Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center
    (301)946-8808
    FAX (301)933-4438
    CarlosR@chucklevins.com
    www.chucklevins.com

    Bob at the BassPalace has a couple of them at $1100.00 which are used.

    Getting an Epic used at the $850.00 price range is a fair price again to me if you have the funds available.
     
  11. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    im buying a guitar now..but i might pull the money out of it to the epic..don't know yet..

    damn!!

    steve
     
  12. For some reason, many Alembic models don't hold value very well. I wouldn't think of a $700 Epic as a deal of the century or anything. If it's a case of this particular bass being "the one", then that's one thing. But from what I can tell, the original poster was asking if $1000 is a good price for a used Epic and I still maintain that it's okay but not spectacular. Especially assuming that Guitar Center has a lot less than that in the bass; and that there's still room to move on the price.
     
  13. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    its the one..it was just awsome..but i see that when the mtd 535 comes..that may be the one also..
    if not im sure i can sell it for a good profit

    steve
     
  14. If it's The One, then what are you waiting for?
     
  15. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    money....
    if i dodn't buy the mtd...the mtd neck..the new pups for the jazz...i would have enough..but its too late.
    im in no rush for once..

    steve
     
  16. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Epic at $850 is not too bad, if it is The One. Above $900, it's just too expensive. I held out for mine for about 8 months..then it popped up at BassAlone. If you are patient and you keep looking, you can find really good deals on used Alembics.
     
  17. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    True that.

    mopar,

    Am I to understand that you have an MTD535 on its way to you? If so, than I'd definitely say you should wait until you've laid your hands on the 535. You might change your perspective on what "The One" is.

    I personally would have to move up the Alembic chain to a Rogue or a Signature before I'd consider one over an MTD535. Then again, comparing any Alembic to any MTD is apples and oranges at best. Two completely different philosophies at play here. Both very good, but definitely different.

    Peace,

    James
     
  18. Same here.
     
  19. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    yeah i do have a 535..needs a little work..but nothing that can't be fixed...$200 for a 535 this maybe the one...just based on price alone..

    should be here mon..or tuesday the latest

    steve
     
  20. It's not $200; it's $200 plus the cost of a replacement neck, and then some work on the electronics and fixing the crushed top, right? My sense is that you should focus a little bit. It's natural to desire every bass you see that looks like a good deal (believe me, I know that feeling very well), but if you go about it the way a lot of people here do (myself included), you won't find a "The One" for a very long time.