Yep, I finally got it. My dream bass(for now). After months of waiting and saving I bought my new Alembic Epic. It's everything I thought it would be and more. Plus I got a sweet deal on it. $700 off of Ebay. It's in great shape too. It's a 1997 model with all the good stuff. It's got that great slap tone with the bass and treble knobs cranked and can almost get a jazz tone when you back off the bass a lot and the treble a little. Even though it weighs a lot I don't really mind. It actually feels better that way. My favorite part is the neck. It is soooooo comfortable to play. It's like I put my hand on it and it just plays itself. I did get a little mad this afternoon when I got it b/c as soon as I opened the box up and showed my four sisters and my mom I got a very disheartening response from them. Sister 1 - "I like your other one (a samick) better. It's got pretty paint." Sister 2 - "ditto" Sister 3 - "Yuck" Sister 4 - "I like the wood on the top but why isn't the whole bass the same kind of wood." Mom - "Wow that's nice." Trying to not make me feel bad for spending a lot of money on something she thinks is disgusting. Finally my dad came home and he loved it. Now I can go to sleep knowing that one member of my family can appreciate true beauty. Then I plugged it in and that's where the WooHoo part came in. I don't even want to talk about the fact that all my sisters thought it sounded the same as my Samick. Maybe this should be a permanent lesson to me and everyone NOT to care about what your family thinks about your bass stuff. Well, I still got my friends to show. I know they'll love it. And I'm sure you guys will too.