Something like RMI Basswitch IQ DI preamp?

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  1. brlottermann

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    I recently heard about this awesome pedal from a "Bass Whisperer" video on youtube and was really impressed with what this pedal is able to do. The preamp and EQ sounded great, and the ability to switch between EQs (switching between upright and electric bass) is crucial for me. However, the $600 price tag scared me away, being a penny-saving college student. Could you suggest some pedals that have a similar function for a lower price?

    Thanks,
    Brian
     
  2. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    Do you need the effects loop and phase switches as well?
     
  3. eeyorebass

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  4. brlottermann

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    No, I don't think so. The most important to me is the combination of the preamp and the ability to switch between EQs and instruments seamlessly.
     
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  6. gillento

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    The ToneBone isn't in the same quality league: sound, eq, switches.....!

    You only get what you pay for
     
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  7. VifferMike

    VifferMike Registered Four Banger Supporting Member

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    ... you can have pretty much all that functionality and more (example: parametric eq on BOTH channels, not just one as on the Basswitch ... oh, and a power amp!) for about the same price with a gently used ShuttleMAX head and a Radial i/o.

    Lehle stuff is gorgeous and well built, and I'm sure the sound is phenomenal, but IMHO, the Basswitch's price is kind of obscene. (Plus, it's huge. It would take up two-thirds of my pedalboard before connectors).
     
  8. Jacques

    Jacques Gold Supporting Member

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    Sometimes I get angry ...

    The Basswitch incorporates the equivalent of 2 Sunday Drivers, 1 Lehle Parallel L, 1 Lehle Little Dual plus a serial Loop, a studio grade Di with a custom built Lehle transformer and an (acclaimed) EQ section all this in Lehle quality (gold plated relays ....)

    Now take your calculator and say the word obscene price again ....

    Regards

    Jacques

    P.S.: And if you think its huge try to put all of the above on your board and you will see that we did a great job in achieving the package we did.

     
  9. therhodeo

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    This post reminds me of a sportsman from your country who occasionally gets "a fire in his belly". Exchange rates are not friendly with the Lehle stuff. Its all extremely well made stuff and as a designer/engineer I have alot of respect.
     
  10. Jacques

    Jacques Gold Supporting Member

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    Thank you, your mail helps to calm down :). I hope it can be understood that I get angry when I am treated like being a thief.


     
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  11. therhodeo

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    Plenty of euro guys complain because american products are expensive there. In this case we're just on the other end of things. I would love to have a Bassswitch on my board but the funds just aren't there.
     
  12. MingusBass

    MingusBass Supporting Member

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    The Basswitch looks to be my next purchase. Keep up the great work, Jacques.
     
  13. Jacques

    Jacques Gold Supporting Member

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    Thank you for your kind words!

     
  14. therhodeo

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    Jacques I sent you a PM.
     
  15. Jetrider79

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    Anyone know where I can buy a used one?
     
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  16. Jacques

    Jacques Gold Supporting Member

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    They sometimes appear here with around a 100 USD of the street price and go quickly.
     
  17. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I've never seen a Bassswitch anywhere near $100. More like $500.
     
  18. Jacques

    Jacques Gold Supporting Member

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    I wanted to say a 100 USD less than the street price, sorry for my english. I guess it will take some decades before you see a Basswitch IQ DI go for 100 USD :)
     
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  19. Jetrider79

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    Thank you Jacques. You have an amazing product. I am eager to get one, new or used. Cheers
     
  20. Lync

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    I may have to go for a Basswitch eventually. I tried the Zoom B3 and now the VT bass Deluxe an am still not happy (I swap between Upright and electric for a modern country band).
     

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