O My God... i went to a little and crappy music store near my appart in Montréal and i saw this Awesome things in the back.. for 1450Can $ It's a 4 strings Orion by what i looked on the site when i came back.. and i don't know the year..but Oh My god these things are Growly and Snapy and Bass-Drum-Kick-in-your-stomach and Soooo well built! that's peice of Art.. i'm not a big fan of the look but i know when an instrument is beautiful !! It's fun to remember what a Hi quality instrument is.. it's like when i tried a Fodera.. Good remembering! So you people who are using a Alembic.. tell us what are you doing with them... When do you think these bass are the most appropriate?