I just purchased an Alembic Elan bass from the Low End Bass Shop in Murfreesboro, TN. About 20 years ago, I was in dire financial straits and had to sell my Alembic Spoiler. I got totally ripped off from the guitar store that I sold to.(If you live in Portland, Or, take a guess of what store it was). Ever since then, I always promised myself that I would buy another Alembic someday. Recently, I was did a random search for Alembic but I saw all the ads on Reverb and they either didn't have the model I wanted or they were prohibitively out of my price range. A few weeks ago I sold my Rickenbacker and my Fernandes 8 string bass and I finally had the money to take the plunge. I bought a 1992 Alembic Elan that is quilted blue with gold hardware. Finally after waiting for ages, I had an Alembic again. Plugged in direct to the amp, it sound excellent but when I put it through an Alembic SF-2 filter I finally had the tone I have always heard in my head. I brought it to rehearsal. The guys loved it. Well, later this month we have a gig and I can't wait to hear it in a live environment.