Greetings good people,
As you can see in the thread, Phil sadly passed on a little while ago.... I did not know him, but was a friend of a friend, and after a couple of miracles, I have the great honor of being the owner of the 5 string bass. (The 4 string was not and will not be available for sale). I just received the bass a couple of days ago and man, this is one beautiful instrument! A lot of love was put into this bass, starting with Phil's dream design, and everyone who worked on it. It needs a little TLC, but it plays great and has a big, full tone. The sliding pickups are a lot of fun to play with!
I have a keen interest in the early history of Alembic, so having something that was put together by all these amazing builders is really thrilling. As Larry mentioned, the original headstock logo was a little ruff. We don't know who did it, but we do know it wasn't Doug. I certainly don't want to come off as negative to the person who did the work.... it was ok, but it was not on par with the other inlay work on the bass. Since Larry Robinson ultimately finished the bass, I wanted him to be represented to his complete satisfaction. After much thought, I ultimately decided the bass deserved something more fitting to the art nouveau aspects of the bass, plus I wanted to add a personal touch to it. I am a collector of all things Peter Pan, so I found a nice line drawing from one of my old Peter Pan books and had Larry work his magic on it. He really did an amazing job, and I feel it really adds to the beauty of this gorgeous instrument. I feel very fortunate to have this historic and beautiful bass in my collection and look forward to many happy years making music with it.