The NEW Fender Rumble 500 . Finally a Class D Lightweight with power and tone.

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  1. jbassmaniac

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  2. Limeman

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    Could be a Fenderized version of the Genz Contour combo and a stand alone head. If that is the case, I'd be really interested to see if they can re-imagine the Shuttle, ShuttleMax and the Streamliner series of amps. Could be interesting... could be.
  3. jbassmaniac

    jbassmaniac REPRESENTING THE LOW END TO NO END!

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    Indeed. I'm waiting for my dealer to get a few in.
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  6. JimiLL

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    The control panel is reminiscent of genz Benz?
  7. NeonVomit

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    It's almost like Fender bought GB and are incorporating their designs into their products.
  8. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah-the price is nice but they seem to have cheapened the finish, lost the tube, ditched the semi-parametric mid control and sublimated the speakon connector. I'd grab a Shuttle 6.2 while there are still a few around....

    Perhaps they have a higher end line coming???
  9. gleneg61

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    If it is a FenzBenz then I can see they got rid of the GB's ubiquitous 100-240v option that many of us from outside of N America base our purchases on. Beats paying double the US price or more for the same product but of course they have to keep their local distributors nice n fat so....might be a simple internal workaround though like GK. Hoping so.
  10. jumblemind

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    That overdrive circuit sounds decent. Definitely not the brown tube drive, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Too bad they don't have a lightweight 210 extension cab for that 500 combo. Still an impressive line upgrade.
  11. aledeville

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    But why not Speakon.
  12. shoot-r

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    I'm interested in one of these...

    But...

    After being one of the "first" to jump onto Ampeg's PF-500's bandwagon and then having two of them burn out on me........I'll wait and see how these play out...
  13. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    The vid of MM playing one sounded good. But, for a new Class D head, I think I'd be buying the new Peavey Mini Mega 1000.

    $500 (street price)
    1000W
    8 lbs
    Semi parametric mids
    built in compressor
    headphone out
    2 x Speakon outputs
    DI out
    Footswitch controllable
    and you can even configure the control lighting to be whatever color you want

    I think (but don't quote me) that it is even switchable between 120V and 230V for our EuroBass brothers and sisters.

    Seems like a no-brainer compared to the Rumble 500.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/peavey-minimega-1000-a-1048720/
  14. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

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    We played through the new Fender Rumble lineup at NAMM, and it seems like a very nice product range. Fender staff confirmed that neither Jeff Genzler nor Andy Field had any input on the designs, and indicated that the only Genz-Benz carry over into this product line was the handle on the combos and the tweeter (from the Focus cabs, I believe).
  15. Mark Nye

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    :eyebrow: I'm left scratching my head on that one.
  16. bobcruz

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    The Genz guys must be working on something super secret--can't wait to find out! :hyper:
  17. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

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    It is my understanding that neither Jeff nor Andy work in the bass amplification division at Fender.
  18. superjesus

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    That's unfortunate.
  19. bobcruz

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    :confused: :eek: :( :bawl: :rollno: :scowl: :mad: :spit:
  20. Mark Nye

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    It is. But hey, on the bright side, knowing that the GB crew had nothing to do with the redesign *totally* relieved my GAS pain for a new Rumble!
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  21. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the Afterparty Supporting Member

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    Does that mean they dont work for any other "bass amplification division" at FMIC (under another brand) or just not at "Fender" specifically?

    Inquiring minds want to know. ;)

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