Okay, got back from the debut gig for the PB5 an hour ago or so, and here are my thoughts. It was perfect. It played very easily and sounded great in the mix. I was playing an all-Carvin rig tonight: the PB5, my BX500 head, and 2 x 112AG stack. For part of the night I used a Sansamp VT Bass pedal on a really mild setting (bass, mid and character at noon, drive and treble at 9:00).
This was with the Brian James Band, with Tim Gonzalez on harp. He plays with Los Lonely Boys, and has played and recorded with many top artists around town. We're lucky to have him. Drummer was Rick Brothers, who toured with Gretchen Wilson, among others.
The tone was thick and punchy, and sounded great. After a few songs, the soundman asked me to cut a little at 400hz to clear things up a bit (I wasn't in the PA, so he couldn't do it), so I dialed that frequency up on my lower para mid on the BX500 and cut to about 10:00, and that seemed to satisfy him. I had been using that control to boost at around 125hz, and found I needed to boost overall volume a little after switching to the 400hz cut.
Here's a pic of the rig after the gig: Carvin rig
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Here's an iPhone video of one of Tim's tunes, Straight From the Heart. You'll see what an amazing harp player he is. I just got the mp3 for this one after work today, and just had a chance to listen a couple of times before the gig, so it wasn't my best or most creative playing. Not sure how much of the PB5 tone will come through in the video over the cameraphone mic. Tim was very pleased though, as was the audience, which is all that really matters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFYGk6tdRgQ