That is gorgeous! (The bass that is....) what a fine slab of wood....
Oh sweet bass of all basses ... Santa has good taste!
One day I will own two Alembic basses, so I can put one in a stand to look at while playing the other one.
(This is bait, since I am alluding to another LTGer's story).
While I can certainly have Alembic GAS, in the same way I am interested in cars that are capable of speeds I would be too scared to drive at, I am actually quite content with a '67 Starfire I and my Betts Bass. Both are instruments with potential I have yet to achieve ;-)
The other point is "expensive". While there are many players that would have to save up for years to get that price, there are a lot of players who have been making six figures (US) for a decade or so (usually not by playing bass professionally) and those people can easily afford a $10K instrument if that is how they choose to spend their money.