Alembics are heavier than the butcher block in my kitchen. However, they sound better than any other butcher block around. Hey, I just got a great idea!!! Honey,.... I wanted a Warrwick a while ago but got a Spector instead. Then I started to see some of the chains carrying these crapo licensed Spectors. I felt like a cheap tramp playing my Spector and was thinking of moving on to a Warrwick again, then I saw they looked like they were going for the mass market too. I didn't feel so bad after that. I thought I'd like to get a Ken Smith. Maybe I'll look at an Alembic too.