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Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by thirtyhz, Dec 21, 2013.


  1. thirtyhz

    thirtyhz

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    So I am re-entering the world of bass playing in a jazz/funk outfit and am going to be buying a cab and amp in the next few weeks. I am hot on the Aguilar TH500 and impressed that they are made in NY NY. Also looking at Aguilar and Bergantino 112 cabs. Bottom line is that I refuse to buy any gear made in a certain country whose Totalitarian regime has a record of human rights abuses and predatory trade practices. So any other amps/cabs in the vein of the above, made in the good ol USA?
     
  2. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    G-K, Mesa, Carvin, Ampeg Heritage series.
     
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    All the electronic components from your proudly made in USA amp will come from said country. I hope you don't like neo cabs either because it is also the sole producer of neo magnets.
     
  4. wighat

    wighat

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    Ampeg Heritage SVT-CL and either the Heritage SVT-410-HLF or the 810, depending on your taste in cabs. Either of these rigs approaches perfection, IMO.
     
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  6. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    At least 90% of those parts anyway.
     
  7. thirtyhz

    thirtyhz

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    This unfortunate fact I know, so I'll control what I can.
     
  8. bertthebassist

    bertthebassist Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I just bought the Bergantino CN 112 (28 lbs neo) and Santa is bringing me the TH500 in a few days. IMO I found this combo in the store to sound great, give decent volume, handle my Low B, and it is light enough to walk into the gig in one trip (only 32 lbs). They are both made in the USA, or at least as close as you can get. I had Carvin, which is decent, but I like the lower weight and better sound of my new set up. The Mesa Walkabout is another option, but there are no dealers close to me so I don't know what it sounds like. It is also almost 10 lbs heavier than the TH500. The GK is good too, but I didn't like it as much as the TH. The TH seemed cleaner to me. If you are going to play upright, you may also want to consider the Acoustic Image Ten2. The Euphonic and Epifani cabinets are also options, but the Bergantino and Aguilar cabinets seem to be used more.
     
  9. bertthebassist

    bertthebassist Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I also buy American whenever possible. I just bought the Bergantino CN 112 (28 lbs neo) and Santa is bringing me the TH500 in a few days. IMO I found this combo in the store to sound great, give decent volume, handle my Low B, and it is light enough to walk into the gig in one trip (only 32 lbs). They are both made in the USA, or at least as close as you can get. I had Carvin, which is decent, but I like the lower weight and better sound of my new set up. The Mesa Walkabout is another option, but there are no dealers close to me so I don't know what it sounds like. It is also almost 10 lbs heavier than the TH500. The GK is good too, but I didn't like it as much as the TH. The TH seemed cleaner to me. If you are going to play upright, you may also want to consider the Acoustic Image Ten2. The Euphonic and Epifani cabinets are also options, but the Bergantino and Aguilar cabinets seem to be used by more bassist.
     
  10. TRyan5289

    TRyan5289

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    +1 to Carvin and GK
     
  11. Downunderwonder

    Downunderwonder

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    Fearful / fearless cabs, Reese amps, Verellen amps, Traynor from your cousins in the north.
     
  12. dukeisdog

    dukeisdog Supporting Member

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    I've been super happy with my Mesa/Boogie gear that's all handmade in the USA.
     
  13. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    Was about to say the same thing...


    - georgestrings
     
  14. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

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    whoops for a second there I thought you were talking about the U.S.
     
  15. Downunderwonder

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    ...smacks head on ground, I knew I was forgetting something I shouldn't have.
     
  16. bassplayer8953

    bassplayer8953

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    Gotta check your GK products, some are (MIA) & some aren't...
     
  17. bassplayer8953

    bassplayer8953

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    Cut 'n paste from Ampeg:

    Designed and assembled in the U.S.A. out of the best possible components, Heritage represents the pinnacle of classic Ampeg tone and styling.

    ...NOT Made in USA...designed and assembled. Components from ... ???
     
  18. Stealth Fighter

    Stealth Fighter

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    The same thing could be said for any amp that is made in the USA.
     
  19. AaronVonRock

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    Does anyone else see the irony? Have you taken a close look at what the US govt does and sanctions? The US (doesn't matter which party is in control at the time) does both of the things you just mentioned.
     
  20. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    All production moved back to California USA as of 01/02/2012. Amps and cabs per the owner and president of G-K. If you have a G-K MB series made in their China plant it was made before then.
     
  21. bassplayer8953

    bassplayer8953

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    Again, designed and assembled in USA. Parts origin: ???

    http://www.gallien-krueger.com/
     

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