Originally Posted by DB Slidefunk
Dear learned ones.. My AI amp is getting repaired, I have the offer of a lend of a Hartke A100 combo for a gig tonight. Has anyone used this or a similar amp before? Wondering wether to hire a mark bass combo for £30 or go with the hartke?
Well, you certainly don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth. If you have access some kind of Buffer Pre Amp, it would really help modify that characteristically bright midrange sound that Hartkes' are known for. The Markbass would sound infinitely better, but there's that cost involved. So, I'd try to go with the Hartke, until I could latch on to something more suitable, or the amp is serviced, and returned to you. A.I has a stellar reputation for servicing their amps, so it will be a trip out and back.
Originally Posted by dalkowski
Perfectly serviceable as a loaner.
I have to qualify that with, as long as it doesn't take to long to get the amp repaired. IME, IMHO Hartke's are very unflattering to Double Basses, because their EQ voicing is totally askew for the Upright.