Eden WT series advice
Yes, I searched and read all I could find. Please help me decide which Eden head to go after. I don't gig (yet) and I love my Tech 21 Landmark 300. Over the weekend, I heard a bassist buddy play a gig with his '75 Precision through an Eden Traveler hybrid head and a 112 (SWR). KILLER tone. So, GAS. :rollno:
I play Precision more than passive Jazz. I dig everything from Foo Fighters to the Funk Brothers, but mainly I'm looking for warm tone with an old-school vibe. I've found the TC BH-250 too wooly and GK heads too sterile if that helps. I have two Aggie DB112NTs inbound. So I've narrowed it down to a couple of Eden models that get lots of love and show up regularly on the Classifieds.
WT-405/330: all solid state, plenty of juice, Golden Ear chip, variable compression that is reportedly superb, simple controls. Two inputs for lessons or easy bass switcharoos.
WT-550/500: tube preamp, more juice, non-adjustable compression, semi-parametric EQ, great reliability, lots and lots of love for the tone.
To those in the know: pros and cons of each? Thanks, bros.
i own a wt550, its been a great amp. little eq needed, reliable, runs 2 ohm no sweat, dont use compression/enhance feature so im no help there. DI has worked great for me.
my wt260 has the golden ear chip and its warmer/darker to my ear than the 550...the 550 sounds more transparent to me...probably a difference in mids somewhere in the response.
both heads sound much better to me paired with eden cabs...ive heard the same from other eden users...i feel the same with my sunn gear, doesnt pair as well with a mixed set up
ive encountered no cons with my 550, it would hesitate to suggestion one if you like the eden tone.
^^Thanks, that is just the kind of comparo that helps distinguish the two preamps.
I was looking at both the 405 & 550 a few years ago. I went with the 405. It sounds great flat. So if you like to just plug & play and adjust your tone on you instrument then this is the amp for you. They both run effortlessly at 2ohms. The Golden Chip of the micros (WTX 500 & 260) still does not make them sound like the 405. For a single knob compressor it is very good. Where the 405 has an adjustable compression knob the 550 is on/off. Both are excellent amps. Those are the main differences. You can't lose either way.
See if you can find a "true" eden unit (pre U.S. Music Corp buyout), those sound incredible! I had a highwayman 500 (b4 it was stolen during a tour in South America) and that thing had such a thick tone, great amp!
I love my Eden wt 800 and think it pairs really well with my Aggie cabs. I am not as familiar with the smaller series of the wt but the stereo output has saved me at a gig when one side crapped out.
To my ears, the WT550 has the Eden tone but not as much warmth as say a WT400 or 800. It has very nice tight defined bass and crisp smooth response. Your bass sounds like your bass - although you've got the 3 band para in case you need to tweak.
The tube in the 550 doesn't come into play as much as you would think - I could never really get a "tube driven" tone cranking the gain.
Rock solid at 2 ohms and pretty easy to carry even at 20 pounds - I used to tote mine in a GigSkinz medium mixer bag, but you can rack mount it as well.
I has a wt550 and it's a great amp. A little bit heavy.
I now use a wt400 for my practice amp because it's too heavey to move and a wtx 264 for anything that involves moving
Early poll returns favor the WT-550. Getting nothing and waiting for the GAS attack to subside is in second place. :) Thanks for all the insight. The last thread I could find that directly compared these models dates from 2007.
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