Hi there: I just visited the Alembic web site. In short, I cannot believe how expensive their basses are. I mean, really, $14000 for a six-string Series II? For those that own an Alembic, did you pay anything near the list price for your bass? Also, do you actually take them to gigs? And, if so, do you keep an eagle's eye on them or just trust in insurance coverage. I'm not knocking those who spend the money on an Alembic. If you can afford it, that's great.