I've recently put my Fender P on the wall to opt for something different...and that something different is a Höfner CT 500/7 Verythin bass...I LOVE it!
I had a Fender Bassman TV10 and TV15 already, but for some reason, got the thought in my head that I HAD to go with something w/ a horn since of the switch to a shortscale hollowbody that I put TI jazz flats on.
Over the past week, I've played everything...and even pulled the trigger on an Ampeg Portaflex rig (PF350 head w/ PF210HE cab)
Still...something seemed off. The Ampeg PF rig was cool as hell (love look and the fliptop concept is brilliant), but just didnt sound RIGHT.
I kept A / B'ing the new Höf' between the TV15 and the Ampeg.
Finally after visiting three music shops today, tinkering all day on the bass w/ different amps, and then finally digging deep into the threads here on TB re: the Fender Bassman TV series, I came to a conclusion.
What I already had was what I needed.
Thanks to a TB thread, it turns out that I somehow missed the boat for setting my TV10 flat (bass-2 / mid-10 or 12 / treble-2)! I tried it and OMG....that thing is a beast! How could I have forgotten the settings? I knew on my TV15 that Mid is cut only and the Bass and Treble are boost...
Solving my practice rig (which BTW has more than enough "oomph" for small / medium gigs and it has a DI out) issues w/ the TV10, I turned to the TV15.
I've posted a few times here in the past week that my E string seemed "muddy," especially on the open E and lower notes...
I checked to make sure that my settings were right (3-12-3) and then noticed a feature that I never used....the DEEP button (right next to the BRIGHT button). Punched that in and the mud was gone...replaced by a deep GROWL!
It doesnt hurt either that both the Fender Bassman TV10 and TV15 are drop-dead gorgeous in their throwback tweed and are built like tanks. (a tad heavy however)
So after a long day of frustration, I end w/ a zen moment.
What's that saying, "No matter where you go, there you are?" Indeed!(
(Now just to decide if I keep the Ampeg Portaflex rig for sh*ts and grins, or return it...)