NAD Overton Flyweight 200

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  1. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

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    so some first thoughts . I like it , it's punchy and loud and has a little edge to it which I like in a bass amp . It does seem to be a little darker than say a Markbass LMIII or most of the micros I've used , MB,GK,GB.. but it has a great straight in tone without the boosted eq of say a GK MB200 .It's also about twice the size of the GK ( it fits in my AI's carry bag) but has a few more controls and in/outs . It is not as refined as those amps as the housing has a few rough edges . Still I like it more than both of those amps as for me it's tone is closer to what I prefer . It does seem to have a little top end roll off built in and may seem a little compressed even with the compressor off but it still gives up a nice punchy dare i say aggressive or edgy tone . The compressor is tied to the input and can be too much if turned up but it can be bypassed with a front knob push on/off . A neg would be the fan is a little noisy but I can live with it , another neg is these are impossible to find . I got this one on a tip from Overton sales that a Canadian dealer Rainbow music had one .http://www.rainbowmusicshop.com/instock/amps.html
    Rainbow did indeed and promptly and very professionally shipped it to me in Los Angeles . With the cost of shipping it put the amp at $370 USD , it's list price was higher than their website but they don't even have any to sell.:eyebrow: Actually not really sure what is up with this company it's funny they don't have these things . Perhaps made in China I'm not sure , I don't see any "made In" on the amp and oddly there is a Rainbow serial sticker both on the back and inside like it was made for them ??? anyhoo I popped for it as I've been wanting to get my hands on one forever. It's a keeper , Overton seems to know what a bass should sound like and they have a nice little product here if they can get them out into the bass world I think you would see them more and more . While not as "honest" as my AI Focus or as powerful it's a cool little micro with some balls and packs a punch. :bassist:
     
  2. Funky-Wunky

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    I wouldn't mind trying one if they are available. They have a larger 500 watt version.
     
  3. Kirk Bryant

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    Bump for more user reports, I just heard someone here in town I know has one.
     
  4. MuthaFunk

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    They look like they're likely made in the same factory as the Eden WTX line of amps. The same chassis and knobs.
     
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  6. orangejulius3

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    This amp is nice, but different. The mids on this amp is what makes it a one of a kind.

    The sculpt knob is really cool.
    @ noon it sounds flat.
    Maxed out, scoops out the mids.
    Having the sculpt at zero, gives out more of a honky mids tone in a good way. This sculpting tone can be bypassed. If you bypass, it creates another difference which sounds slightly scooped out mids, more of a balanced EQ.

    The compressor squishes the low end which gives a good tone as well. Kind of like a driven preamp tube.
     
  7. thebrian

    thebrian The Brian abides. Gold Supporting Member

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    Well.. this one time.. at band camp..
    I've been using a Flyweight 200 as my main gigging amp for about a year and a half now, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I play in a 5-piece blues/rock band and it's plenty loud (with my 2 Ampeg SVT210AVs). I usually have the gain at 1/2 and the master just above 1/2 and I really am loud and clear in the band. I have a Mesa M2000 head also (and I've owned tons of amps over the years) and honestly, I like the tone of the Overton almost as good as the Mesa. And when you consider the fact that the Overton is under 3 lbs, and it fits in the front pocket of my gig bag, I now take the Overton to every gig and the Mesa hasn't left the practice room in over a year.

    I play with the sculpt bypassed. I haven't gotten a tone that I like better than just having it off, but that's personal preference. I do think it sounds better when the sculpt is on when I'm playing alone, but in the mix of the band I bypass it. This little amp has more ballz than you'd ever think.
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Huh.
    Zombie thread.
    However, at least according to the website, they now have units in stock.
     

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