New Carl Martin Bass Drive pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by scubaduba, May 19, 2012.


  1. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

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  2. gepettus

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    yeap. looks great, especially for the tube over
  3. Steveaux

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    MSRP: $389

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  4. dharmashawn

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    But that is MSRP, so we should get it a tad cheaper. In comparison the lovely sounding SWELL is gonna run you a hard $350.
  5. caeman

    caeman The Root Master Supporting Member

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    There comes a point where "tube tone" just isn't worth the price, especially when the live audience wouldn't be able to tell difference between that, or a well-built-but-much-cheaper non-tube pedal through the house PA.

    Putting just one 12AX7 in a drive pedal...can't they do better? de Lisle sells an EF86-based tube pedal, with a 12AX7 pre-tube for $329. Much more tubyness.
  6. willbassyeah

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    interested in this though, demo sounds great
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  7. mazdah

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    Up. Any news?
  8. HeavyJazz77

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    I have to agree. I used to have the EBS Valve Drive which was another over-sized tube driver. It was fun at first swapping out the tube with various others for slight changes in tone, but it was subtle enough that only I would ever notice. The built quality was shoddy as well so between those factors and its sheer size I let it go. The Carl Martin isn't much smaller though their QC reputation far eclipses that of EBS's.
  9. mazdah

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    Well, thats an interesting view. Anyone else?
  10. eddiebo

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    I have had this pedal for about 6 weeks and have tried it through a variety of different rigs and setups, with different basses, etc...

    MF and a few other outlets retail it around $270, and they were running a 15% discount, so it was $235 shipped - well worth it, IMO

    Overall I give it a thumbs up and its become a favorite overdrive

    PROS:
    - its a REAL overdrive - u want to add just a touch of grit without going into distortion territory? done - you can really nail an Entwistle / Geddy / Jack Bruce sound with it but also do a "clicky" pick sound like the SABDDI or Darkglass or go more OTT into fully driven SVT land
    - it is VERY transparent, doesnt sound like you put a blanket over your amp or put a giant artificial halo around your sound like a sansamp
    - LEVEL knob allows for perfect control over unity gain with the unaffected signal
    - it has BALLS - no loss of low end, none
    - a LOT of flexibility in the EQ, very small adjustments make significant differences in sound
    - very responsive to player dynamics, the more you dig in in your playing the more you get out of it

    CONS:
    - Form factor: Gigantic, takes up a lot of space on a pedalboard and the power cable juts out a good 3" from the pedal making board configuration "interesting"
    - Transformer / power supply housed in the pedal, contributing to size and weight and necessitating the use of a dedicated power cord, cant use any kind of power supply
    - Price: even with a discount its pricey

    I can put up a pic of it on a board and eventually some sound samples with different amps / basses / speaker combos if anyone is interested
  11. mazdah

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    Have you tried Xotic Bass BB Preamp? Which one is better?

    Is there a LED light under the tube on CM Bass Drive?

    EDIT: Please, post a photo. I'd like to see this beast on real, "live" photo :)
  12. eddiebo

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    the other OD I have is a BB and I use that one on my smaller board which is a pedaltrain mini - definitely similar sound, but the CM has a lot more girth and low end and is more transparent. The BB goes into distortion territory much more quickly and I find I need to have the bass knob at least 3/4 of the way up to have enough low end in the sound. Yes, there is a red light underneath the tube so it glows red when its on and it has a bright blue LED indicator
  13. eddiebo

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    heres a pic on my board w/ the lights on - you can see how much space it takes up and how far the plug comes out

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  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Now that's a Biggun'!!!
  15. eddiebo

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    yea, u can see its almost as big as the choralflange & bluebeard together
    it sounds great, though
  16. Biggbass

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    I wish they would bring their bass amp (200) to the US market.
  17. mazdah

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    UP, anybody else?
  18. mtonbass

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    Got mine yesterday. So far ... ME LIKES IT ... A LOT.
    More to come.
  19. mazdah

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    Don't forget to post few words soon :)
  20. Chaddycakes

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    Dang, it is ridiculously big. That power supply is just not fair. Those are suppose to come out of amplifiers.

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