Here's a picture of my lovely series 1, and now for the review. ..But first here's a little background. I was talking to Benjamin Strange last night, and he mentioned this ALembic that has been sitting in his store for years upon years. I said "Hrm.. I have a good feeling about this Alembic". I ask "How much?".. He said "$3500". A few minutes later, I have it for $3250.00 sihpped with flight case and power supply. I was happy. I had never played this bass before, but I had a good feeling. The bass is in 8/10 condition, which is amazing for the age. There was a little oxidation on the brass hardware, and a buncha dings on the back fromt he previous owner, and some minor dings here and there. He took a few pics, hardly noticable. I knew that this would be my next bass. I put down a downpayment, and started paying off for the next few months. Well, I finally got the bass and I give major props to Ben for his marvelous work as a saleperson and musician. He was honest, and always there to answer quesitons or help me out. Now for the review: Tone: 100000000000/10 It's an Alembic... Series 1. The tone is that of the voice of god. There are so many tones to choose from with the filters and the Q switches and everything. All the tones sound unique, and they are all useable and just delicious. I am having trouble picking up my other basses. Playability: 9/10 The bass was setup by Ben, he did a good job. THe intonation needed a little work, but that's easily fixable. THe action was low, no buzz except on the 5th fret of the E string. I assume it's partially because of the old strings. I'm getting a set of .040-.100 DR High beams that'll make everything play better. The strings currently on it were too stiff for my tastes, but it plays amazing. The neck is VERY weird. No taper or contour. I thought it might be problematic, but it's easy to play. Also, this is a BIG bass so it takes a little getting used to, but the reward for learnign how to play this beast outweigh the awkwardness of it's design. Ease of use: 10/10 At first, I didn't know what any of the switches or knobs did. I thought I would be sitting here for years trying to figure out how to get a tone that I liked. Honestly, the controls are very easy to get the hang of. I love it. Electronics: 100000/10 First off, I have to give props to Benjamin again. He sold me a diamond in the ruff. I was talking to Mica at alembic, and they said that 90ish% of the basses that can get/would possibly need to get the electronics upgrade actually need it. My bass is one of the minorities whos electronics are flawless. Even inside my house, are silent. The pickups and electronics sound amazing, and as I said above, they're pretty easy to use. Physical condition: 8/10 The bass is in okay condition. Some indents from a belt buckle or something in teh back, the fretboard has some dings around the body, and the headstock has a few dings. I talked to ALembic, and I might send'er away to get a restoration in a few months. The bass is in beautiful condition as is. I just want it to be perfect because.. well.. it's a freakin' alembic. I'm also going to get the silver tuning keys replaced with gold ones (to match stuff. Weight/Ergodynamics/Aerodynamics: 10/10 This bass is extremely light for its size, especially compared to my fender and my warwick. I think it's my lightest bass. The body is HUGE, and the neck is offset to the left (so the neck seems very long). Still, it is easy to hold, play, and hit people with :-D. Overall: I want more Alembics/10 This bass is killer. Anyone who sees a Series 1 lying around for a great price, BUY IT. You won't regret it.