For the first time in a long time. Did a couple of services at church and this bass sounded absolutely nuts. I had semi-retired it, it had been my workhorse for several years and today reminded me why. Amazing depth and punch. I don't have anything else that sounds like this... and it looks better IRL than the pics.
Back story: I had found my long misplaced digital camera and decided to try to takes some decent pics of some basses I have for sale. My pics usually suck so when these started coming out better than suck I ended up taking pics of several other basses (Eshenbaugh, Bone Avatar 6, the Contrabass, etc.). While taking pics of the Tobias the tripod tipped over and the camera went face-first into the stoop. Oh well. That's why there's no full frontal shot.
1984 Tobias omega cut 5
It has the TCT preamp with mids. +/-18V. Active/passive toggle. I had Mike do two volumes and a pickup selector toggle so I could quickly go to any pickup config. has the early rounded top Bartlinis with no logo... they almost look tiny by today's pickup standards. Alder wings, Maple/Purple heart neck, Padauk top, Rosewood board.
I ended up playing with either of the pickups soloed or both together. I don't normally solo the neck pickup on my other basses, this one sounded so good I didn't realize I had switched to neck only. The bridge pickup burp was nuts. Penetrating.
The output is pretty hot , I set the gains on my amp lower than normal which was kind of surprising considering how hot the NTMB preamps in my Brubakers are set.
If I had to describe the sound in one word it would be massive. And with great power I had to exercise great responsibility... I could've buried the other instruments. This thing hit hard and quick. Or just sat that and sustained like crazy. Intoxicating.