Just bought my first Alembic. The search for the ultimate bass has ended. I sold 3 of my basses to get this one and it is worth every penny. I can't begin to describe the perfection of this instrument. I strongly urge everyone to check into these instruments. I can tell you that they are all that there reputation carries and more. I can see now that there is Alembic and then everything else. Here is a picture of my new Mark King Signature Standard with Omega Cut and cocobolo top. I bought it down at Bass Central in Orlando, FL. Great shop.