Current gigging rig = SVT 7 pro into one or 2 Bergantino HD 112s depending on the venue. When the 2 HDs don't cut it I use my HD410. Amazed at what the bergs can handle, but they have their limits. Main basses are Fender American Deluxe Jazz, and Fender American P.
Rig sounds great in my Americana/country/soul/jam band. Band is relatively quite, I go pillowy, thick and full sounding.
Other two bands are much more diverse and I'm having issues. Never seem to cut through quite enough, lack mids, lack articulation etc. Been frustrated with the mids all together on the 7pro. Plus the 2 HDs are not quite enough on some gigs which is a bummer. The 7pro has HEAPS of power and plenty of lowend (and is super warm at that)- just doesn't quite bite enough for me. Maybe I'm really just a solid state guy in disguise....
So in my home rehearsal studio I threw my old GK 1001rb 210 combo in since it's small and we don't play too loud in my space, and it allows me to keep the giggin rig close to my car. EVERY single member of both bands have commented on how much better my tone is, how much better they can hear me, how much better they can feel me. ugh.....
So I just got done bringing my entire rig into my studio and a/bing both set ups as well as running both of my bergs off of the GK. To my dismay the GK sounds a bunch better than my 7pro with regards to my issues above. Much more mid presence, loads of low end, lot's of variety in possible tones etc.
Problem is that a) it's in a 210 combo and has no chassis. b) most of the pots are scratchy and hissy (and this is after taking it apart and blowing it out).
Bottom line is now I'm all turned around
Should I buy a new GK 1001rb, should I figure out how to refurbish the one I have (or send it out to someone), and should I consider moving into new speakers. I'm thinking two 212s (neo), or one 112 and one 212. I have no experience with the GKs neos so ANYONE please fee free to chime away.
Bergantino HDs are awesome, just not quite enough for me. Wasn't a huge fan of the CNs when I played them but will give them another chance I suppose (found them annoying in the mids when pushed hard).
Feel free to throw advice out there. And if you think one of the other GK heads is a contender (mb800) etc with the 1001 please chime in- any input is good input.....