I'm Trying to be Done With Gear, But...

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Count Bassie, Apr 2, 2014.


  1. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

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    Got an offer. Just scored a nice old TE AH350SMX, and I'm back where I belong. Now I found another trade idea for another TE jig, a 210 SMC combo and 1153. What I have to trade (argh) is a GK 400RB and 2x Bag End S-15Ds... talk me out of it.
  2. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

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    For God's sake...
  3. eukatheude

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    Do it! Do it! You know you want to!
  4. jasper383

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    GK 400RB into a pair of Bag End S15 cabs is just about a perfect pair. I wouldn't do it.
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  6. Linnin

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    +1 Agreed, Three of a Perfect Pair. ;)
  7. RockBobby

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    I've been thinking of those bag ends!!
  8. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

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    Dude: resistance is futile!
  9. phillybass101

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    Depends on where your head is concerning your tone. I have an old TE GPSM7-300 (Made in England) that I use for a backup and a practice amp. I'm never getting rid of it. Built like a tank, got it used, and that was over 10 years ago.
  10. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    If you are a confirmed Trace fan then that is the direction you should go. For myself I'd rather the Bag Ends than anything Trace.
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  12. Downunderwonder

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    My smx sounds great through all kinds of cabs. If the BagEnd ones are doing it for you, rock on.
  13. Baird6869

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    Asking TBers to talk you out of getting new gear? seriously?:p
  14. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

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    :p That is the right remark to finish with so far. Yeah...
  15. jeff7bass

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    I had some King Crimson tea at my coffee shop the other day, although the owner doesn't know who the band is.

    Yeah I wouldn't make the trade either, unless the OP is certain he can replace his fine little stack at a later date.
  16. StayLow

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    Just quit this site. It's like paying yourself in both time and money.

    If you can replace that time with focused practice, you'll sound far better soon than any difference gear could make.
  17. jeff7bass

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    Are you Jeff Berlin?

    :D
  18. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

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    the bag ends are quality. I miss mine.
  19. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

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    I don't practice unless I've got some shedding to do for a gig, or a project. There are too many of you hot-shots out there for me to be in competitive mode- one has to choose one's battles. I'm in this for personal edification, as well as subsidiary income and art's sake. I do think I have something to offer...

    I've sold one of my SWR heads to fund the Trace head I just got... and the other SWR is now up for sale here (SM400S). Anyway it doesn't matter too much which way I go. I'll come up with what to do, no one's in a hurry...

    I know the GK/Bag End rig is a really fine rig: Loud, potent, small footprint and an easy haul. However I've just rediscovered my sound with the Trace head I recently found locally for a very good deal, and now there's a dude nearby who finds his TE rig too heavy. And I know it's a real nice one. So I'm throwing this round. Do I want to be completely sold out to the "Trace Elliot sound", or do I want to have more variety in the toolbox? There's the question, if there is one.

    Thanks for all the honest/earnest/enthusiastic/dismissive responses!
  20. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

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    I loved my 200W trace head. it was actually paired with my bag ends and I loved that combo. great sound, but a little bit shy on power for my setup at that time.
    back on track: you are currently using a 350W trace head. that must be beastly. Are you going to be satisfied stepping down in power to the (200W?) in the combo amp?

    if yes, do the trade.
    if no, perhaps there is another option, trade 1 bag end for the 1153, so you can still increase the amount of TE in your rig?
  21. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

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    Well I'm keeping the 350 beastliness, so there's only a step-down for the sake of the convenience or appropriateness of the Trace combo for whatever gig. Also I don't think a partial deal is really happening- for me one Bag End cab just isn't generally so needful, but the pair pretty much kills. All or nothing here, for both parties, I'm afraid.

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