Rethinking my entire rig. Suggestions?

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  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I have owned the full on racked head for a while (amp, tuner, Furman). I had some issues with my Eden head, and it needs repair. Not bad for 12 years with no problems.

    In any event, I've talked to some great folks on here about amp ideas.

    Many have suggested looking at micro amps. I think this is a great idea, and may allow me to pack my amps in my rolling suit case.

    My idea:
    Sell my amp, once serviced and working 100%
    Sell my Korg DTR-1
    Sell my Furman PL-Plus
    Sell my SKB 8 space rack

    Buy a Genz Benz 9.0 Shuttle or Streamliner
    Buy a GK MB200 (backup)
    Buy a pedal tuner and add it to my board.

    This would save me weight and the bulk of the rack head.

    Is there anything I should be cautious of before considering such a bold move?

    :help:

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  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Buy a Shuttle .2 series in whichever format you prefer. Other than that, looks like a plan!
     
  3. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Why .2 series? I see nice deals on these Shuttle 9.0's. Not good?
    Any advice on pedal board tuners?
     
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    What cabs are you planning on pairing your lightweight amp with?
     
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  6. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Keeping my two Eden 410 xLTs for now.
     
  7. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    yeah,... i did the same thing and missed my rack so much, i went back! gl.
     
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    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    What did you miss?
     
  9. aledeville

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    Just buy a new head. Then you're off to go.
    Maybe a bit smaller rack.
     
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    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    What size shows are you playing?
     
  11. Lo-E

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    If it were me, I'd go a slightly different route:
    Keep the Eden - it now becomes the backup.
    Lose the 8-space rack, tuner and Furman.
    Put the Eden in a 2-space rack.
    Get a Boss pedal tuner - simple, cheap, works.
    Get a micro head - I'm not going to steer you toward a particular one, here. There are a lot out there now, and they all have significantly different sounds. If you have the luxury of shopping around, I'd suggest trying as many as you can with your cabs.

    Lightweight heads are a wonderful thing, and I use 'em when I have to travel light, but I'm not giving up my Eden head any time soon. I use a Carvin BX500 and an Aggie TH500. They both sound great and they sound very different from each other.
    Neither of them sounds anything like my Eden!
     
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    I think you should get whatever rig makes you happy, but if part of the plan is to shed weight, those two 4x10" cabs will be the same size no matter what amp you decide on.
     
  13. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Right now I need the big cabs for the genre of music I'm currently doing. Down the road, if this gig ends, I will downsize. I could also get the amp fixed, rack my spare and get a six space rack. Not sure if that makes a ton of sense.
     
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    for some reason my components were just much better sounding than my micro. the micro was the 500w MarkBass III. my rack contains a Demeter pre w/ a Stewart World 1.2 amp.

    the Class H Stewart has such an awesome fundamental note compared to the Class D micro! i'm sure the GB kicks butt, though.:) if i recall correctly, the H's transformer runs @ 120MHZ and the D runs @ 120KHZ. don't quote me on the accuracy of those figures, but suffice to say the refresh rate of the "H" is 10x faster.

    the faster tranny retains more of the musical content of each note. the A/B test was conclusive!:bassist: YMMV
     
  15. Munjibunga

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    Sounds like a plan. I did the same thing, but also got some neo cabs. The Shuttle 9.0 is great, but it's just a tiny notch below the MB800. Having the MB200 as a backup is a superb plan. I have one, and it's a powerful little beast. Great practice amp, too.

    Here's a pic of what I used to have. I still have the Aguilar rig, but it too is for sale. While these rigs are spectacular, they're heavy and I'm old. I miss them a little from a sentimental standpoint, but I don't miss them at all when I'm loading in and out of a gig.

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    Here's a pic of my amps that replaced the lead sleds. Add all four sizes of Bergantino AE cabs. The MB200 is not shown.

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    How is the GK MB800 better?
     
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    Munji you are the king of gear sir I am bowing
     
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    Have you heard of Tom Bowlus? :bag:
     
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Bowlus indeed. Next time you have a spare hour, check out the gear in his profile.

    Anyway, the MB800 is better because that's the way I feel.
     
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    That 8-space rack is a spacehog. If those light-duty racks work for you, I'd put the Eden in a two-space rack or rack bag. (A rack bag would be slightly heavier than the Gator style rack, but it would gain you a strap and an extra gear pocket.)
     
  21. Barca_bass

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    Munji, you can be modest about your gear, but you still have the nicest bass on TB
     

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