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Roland DB-500

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Dec 7, 2012.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I played one these today and I thought I had great volume and tone. It was not super light, but it comes with wheels. Can anybody share feedback on this little combo?
     
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    I have the DB 700 , which has the 15, and it's my go to combo for small gigs, even without PA support. I love the compressor on these amps, and it is conservatively rated at 275 watts ( my tech says it's almost 300 ). I put it up on a tilt back stand, and it is perfect. The memory function is a bonus, and a good chorus if that's your thing. I also love the slap tone on this combo, even if it is a cheap tweeter, combined with the compressor, it gives me a nice, squishy slap and pop tone. On the heavy side for sure, but well worth it imho.
     
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    Thanks for the info!
     
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    I have a db700 as well and the powered extension-excellent
    Db700 is heavy but the ext is light-neo speaker.
    Older DBs are made in USA.
    Very underated combos,had mine for 10 years now and never missed a beat
     
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    The old, now defunct, guitar store here had a DB700 on their floor for years and years, and it was always a treat to play through it.

    Big, heavy, and very expensive, but it sounded great and Roland makes durable stuff.
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

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    I checked out some reviews and see this was a pretty expensive amp. The one I saw is $300 and the tone is wonderful. It's very loud too. I think I might get it or get a TC Electronic combo.
     
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    I always wondered what the powered extension would sound like with the DB 700. Do you stack the the extension underneath the 700 ?
     
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    Yes, these were very expensive if I recall. $1000+.

    If everything works on it, I would say $300 is a very good deal.
     
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    I think Alain Caron used these rigs (combo amp plus extension cab) for awhile before switching to Markbass. Very expensive so I don't think they sold a lot of units. Good rigs from my understanding.
     
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    I'm getting for sure.
     
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    Theres a fellow on CL trying to sell a DB500 with a black widow 12 in it. I couldnt get any info from TB on it so I passed on it.

    My dad alway like Roland gear and many of my friends use their stuff (keyboard).
     
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    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    The one I owned very briefly was very boxy sounding, more apparent to longer I used it so off it went.
     
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    I took my TL-5 to the shop and played it through the DB 500 and my bass sang like I never heard it before! I love the tone of this combo like nothing I have heard before. It is clean beyond words!

    I put it on hold to pick up after Christmas.
     
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    The one downside if this amp is that it is so clean, it's going to make me have to upgrade the preamp and shielding in my TL-5. Still, there's no rush because my TL-5 sounds incredible passive through that DB-500.
     

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