WARNING: This is a rant. My personal impressions on a single instrument. I recently had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take an Alembic Custom for a (long) spin. My hands almost trembled when lifting the axe from it's case, such was the power of the bronze Alembic logo on the headstock. I was to be unimpressed, however. The bass weighed a ton, 14 lbs. to be exact. Felt like a piece of iron hung from my neck. Standing up and playing was strenuous. But the massive body (over 14" wide) was next to impossible to fit in my lap while sitting and playing. Even with all the mass in the body, the bass was still neck-heavy, thanks to the very short upper horn and the (again) massive headstock, which actually flared outward while continuing past the tuners for a couple inches for no reason. Despite the nifty 32" scale length, reaching the first position was no easier than on my 35" scale Korean bass, due to the bridge being located several inches into the body instead of at the rear. The neck was a full two inches wide at the nut, and had a beefy profile. Hard to play with my small mitts. The Alembic was simultaneously the most expensive and ergonomically the worst bass I've played to date. It was a mystery how a famed custom maker would put the best materials together with superb accuracy and finish, yet fail to address simple ergonomic issues. Why is the body 14 inches wide, two inches wider than, say, a Spector? Why is the upper horn so stubby that the bass is off balance? Why is the bridge not at the edge of the body for a compact short-scale instrument? Why is the headstock so humonguous? Then it dawned on me: the bass is a solid-body bass incarnation of the classic hollowbody electric guitar designs: the body shape and size, the bridge location, the headstock shape and size...but instead of a hollow instrument at 6 pounds, it's a solid hunk of laminated hardwood and brass. No wonder it felt awkward and clumsy. To think that these instruments sell for 5000USD...I was relieved to grab my cheap direct-order Korean bass - so much easier to wield and play while no worse (although not as flexible, either) in the tone department, blasting through my practise amp.