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GK or Acoustic Image

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by mikejdexter, Nov 8, 2012.


  1. mikejdexter

    mikejdexter

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    Your opinion on choice of combo amp. I play mostly jazz.
    Which of these two combos would you go for to get the best acoustical sound from your D/B, would it be the GK MB150S or the Acoustic Image 'Coda'?
    Thank you.
     
  2. Greg Clinkingbeard

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    I've owned both and think either is great for DB. The Acoustic Image sound is warmer with quite a bit more low end. The GK has a more direct tone with more midrange. The EQ on the GK is probably more effective. I believe the Acoustic Image amp is more transparent, sounding more like whatever is plugged into it, however the downfiring woofer can make it tough to hear in different situations. I see that you already have the GK so you know what it does. Although the tone is more electric lots of people like it.

    Personally, I love the AI heads a lot more than the cabinet design and have had better luck with the Clarus and various cabinets.
     
  3. mikejdexter

    mikejdexter

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    Thanks for the reply Greg. A very helpful reply to my question, regarding a separate head & cab. Being a giging D/B player what cab---nothing to big---would anybody recommend? (I'm chasing the 'Big Fat' sound).
     
  4. Clarkybass

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    Search for Crazy8 and Crazy88 in TB. These are new cabs that are getting lots of praise, the first has a single 8" speaker and the latter two 8" speakers for more volume. Alternatively EA Wizzy 12 sounds great with an Acoustic Image head in my experience. There are (fortunately) quite a few alternatives these days and quite a few threads in the Amps section of the double bass forums to plough through to get people's personal expriences!
     
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  7. Chris Fitzgerald

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    Where are you located? If you could try one or both even for a few minutes, that would help. Talkbass people often let other TB members check out gear when they live in the same are. I've done this a number of times.
     
  8. Greg Clinkingbeard

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    Mike,
    If the GK is giving you enough volume I have really enjoyed my Clarus and Acme B-1. The B-1 does weigh over 30# but nothing I've tried comes even close to having the low end extension and warmth that it has. The Clarus is the perfect match.

    That said, the Crazy 8 is an impressive cabinet. On lower volume gigs, bumping the bass a bit helps in getting a nice, warm tone but it needs an HPF to cut the low bass. Otherwise, the voice coil hits the magnet and that doesn't sound so nice. :rollno: The Crazy 8/Clarus together does sound much better and probably go louder than the MB 150S. I don't really know. The last GK I had was on long term loan from a friend and I've returned it.

    A thought: The GK is capable a warm tone with a bit of knob twisting. In my experience, most of the tone comes further up the chain. Player, bass, pickup, amp. The amp can only work with what it gets.;)
     
  9. Marc Piane

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    I often use a AI Clarus head with a GK MBX cab. The best of both worlds.
     
  10. mikejdexter

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    Thanks everybody for your input. Mike
     

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