Originally Posted by bassboysam
Looks cool but I don't understand the internal controls. Why limit yourself? Does every room you play sound the same? What about different basses or effects? How do you adjust for all that?
The key idea is great!
Well as you know this isn't my first Matamp. My first one had all the controls on the front, then a TaySte switch that bypassed these controls and used trim pots internally so I essentially always had my tone at the flick of a switch and it never changed, nothing ever got knocked, it was just right all the time.
Now the main reason for this was I was gigging 3-4 times a week with 3-4 other bands on each night, lots of gear shares and I would come in plonk this head and the 8x10 down and basically get the rights to own the stage with it, as long as everyone else could use it. This was fine and was a good way to help promote Matamp but my gigging situation has changed massively.
Now I gig once a month max generally with just my band on the bill and if it comes down to a gear share well frankly I'm just sick of people using mine, you should have seen some of the settings people dialed into my amp.
So over the 3 years I had that amp, I never once turned off the TaySte switch when playing, or switched to the front eq so this is taking it one step further and I'd be lying if I didn't say I took the robbery badly, I took it really badly like pay people to find the gear and the people that took it badly. So part of the spec of this is maybe its gets stolen, great who you going to sell it to, it needs a key to work or a full rewire to remove the key and it's got no controls, oh and it's got my name on it etc etc.
I'm sure with enough time you can get round the key but that whole system is wired the same colour on an amp with a 700v plate voltage and 240v so maybe you can rewire it, maybe you can't, maybe die. Your average thief isn't a valve amp tech it's someone looking to score some quick easy cash with something easy to sell, well this isn't easy to sell and hopefully looks that way to a thief. But if it is stolen the thief won't be playing it, he won't be selling it and no one will be buying it out of the back of a van for £100 thinking they got the deal of the century and trying to convince themselves it's not stolen while they drive home.
But back on to the tone, I don't adjust for rooms, stages etc. To me my amp is my monitor, largely I'm DI'd and I send them a post eq signal from the head though I'm trying to get it mic'd more and more (especially since my other amp is a B-15).
My core effects have stayed the same for years now and are designed around tube amps, so if I switched to playing a modern digital lightweight thing then yes I'd be in trouble and have to mess with all sorts but I don't. Outside of that I use my Ric with flats as my main bass, I switch live to a P bass with rounds and I have a pedal on my board for A/B switching and volume leveling (Radial Bassbone) but largely I'm switching basses as I want the tone of that bass for that song. Yeah maybe I could go over to the amp add a bit more treble for this song but if I do that it's not going to turn a Ric with flats into a P with rounds. Sure I can get through a set without doing this but why not. I'm not touring loads I play an hour set once a month in pubs and clubs, it's fun and not a whole lot else.
I hope this makes sense, I'm sure it's not for everyone, hell anyone but for 3 years I never tweaked my amp, got a compliment on my tone at every gig, never had a soundman complain about the signal I sent him and to my ears I never had a gig where I couldn't hear myself or thought the sound was a bit hmmm off.