For the first time today I tried an Alembic. It was the essence model. For some reasons I always thought that Alembic where really sterile... But today I tried one and it was really really great sounding!! A great hi-fi tone, great clarity in the highs and they where not sounding sterile at all. Great bottom also. The bass was really simple, volume, pan and a tone control. You could get lots of great tone with only those knobs. It was mahogany wings, maple neck and cocobolo top, very beautiful. I was/am on the market for a modern sounding 4 string. I was thinking about a Sadowsky metro or maybe a Nino or a warmoth. I was also thinking about a Montreal luthier building me one. I was thinking about putting around 2000 canadian on it... But I found exactly what i was looking for in the Alembic. The problem is....it's 4000$!!!! Twice what i was thinking to put on a bass... I shouldn't have tried that bass!!! can you say GAS???