'lo there, fellow rumblers! It just so happened that I stumbled into a bass guitar shop in Helsinki and found an Alembic Essence w/ a extraordinarily low price tag. Before surrendering to GAS, I would like to hear other people's opinions about these particular babies. Is it versatile? Is it sturdy? (Actually, I'm trying to convince myself that it's a piece of crap, so that I won't be getting into a fight with my girlfriend when the bass arrives home And sorry about my grammar, I'm not as fluent in English that I wished to be. The only thing that made me feel bad about the Alembic was the fact that I must sell my beloved MTD 535 to buy it.