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The Official Reeves Bass Amp Thread

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by SactoBass, Aug 26, 2009.


  1. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento California
    I did a search and could not find an official Reeves bass amp thread, so here it is. This thread is for posting any and all information and comments regarding Reeves bass amplification. I recently acquired a Reeves Custom 225 bass amp head ($2499) and a pair of Reeves 1x15 bass cabs ($799 each). All Reeves gear is available direct only at Reevesamps.com

    I am not affiliated in any way with Reeves. I am just a bass player who loves high end gear and top quality tube tone. The Reeves amp is hand wired, all-tube (three 12AX7's, one 12AT7, and four KT88's). I have had so many different bass amp rigs over the course of my 35 years of playing bass that I would be embarrassed to list them all. The Reeves amp rig is, IMHO, one of the best (if not THE best) bass amp rigs I have ever heard. Thick, rich, lush, deep tube tone. This rig "breathes" if that makes any sense. It sounds so "alive".

    The head weighs 60 pounds and is 24" wide. The cabs are somewhere around 55 pounds each. The cabs are 24"h by 24"w by 17" deep.

    There is an existing thread that focused on the development of the Reeves bass cabs. Here is that thread if you are interested in the design of the cabs:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=540417&highlight=reeves

    Here is a pic of my Reeves amp rig:
     
  2. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    I teared up a little when I saw your rig.
     
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  4. NKUSigEp

    NKUSigEp

    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    I wish I could join this one but they are WAY beyond my budget. I got to try one out at the '08 Cincy GTG courtesy of edbass and it was absolutely phenomenal! It put my 1400 watt pre/power setup to shame!
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    Man, it's tough not to get a little wet and messy in the pants when you see that rig.
     
  6. Chris Ramlar

    Chris Ramlar

    Feb 8, 2006
    Mexico
    LOL, I was in a pissedonmygirlfriend mood but you really made me smile thanks!
     
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    A what???

    :D
     
  8. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Dude, I don't think you really want to know... :rollno:

    MM
     
  9. I am almost willing to mortgage my kids future to aquire that same stack you have :D
     
  10. xsubs

    xsubs Working Class Hero Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    NYC & Corcaigh, Éire
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Hiwatt Amplification
    Same kit as sacto, but with a Hylight DR201 up top... these cabs are just incredible. They easily replaced both my 115s (Orange) and 215s (NV215), and they've not been broken in yet. Top notch cab from a great company to do business with... thanks Bill!
     
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Disclosures:
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I have to throw my hat into this ring, as well. After reviewing the Custom 225 in issue #2 of Bass Gear Magazine, I had to add one to my personal collection. If you are a fan of clean tube tone, this is one of the best-sounding heads I have heard. I rank it right up there with my beloved SA200, which is saying something! In fact, there are many things that it does better than the SA200, so for a lot of people's preferences, this amp is right at the tip top of the food chain, IME/IMHO. YMMV, of course.

    Tom.
     
  12. kraigo

    kraigo

    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I've got to say that I really want a Reeves head. It won't happen for a long time. <*sigh*>

    KO
     
  13. you say one of the best.....what else hangs with the big boys.....
     
  14. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Disclosures:
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Not that your question was directed at me, but I'd say that if you are talking great, clean tube tone, I'll put my Sadowsky SA200 right up there with the Reeves, and probably my Trace Elliot V8, as well (the V8 can do a killer overdriven tone, as well, but I am talking clean tone, here). The Aguilar DB359 also has an extremely good clean tone that is somewhat reminiscent of the Reeves.

    For the record, I also love my older Trace Elliot Valve Series heads, my vintage Ampegs and my Mesa/Boogie Bass 400, but for just drop dead beautiful clean tone, I nudge the Reeves Custom 225 (and the SA200) just a tad in front of the pack.

    Tom.
     
  15. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    I just got a 15/6.5 cab built by Low Down Sound. No tweeter. It's in the same family as Greenboy's fEarful cabs, but has a squatter design @ 24" wide x 22" tall x 18" deep. Curious if anyone knows how the 225 amp might sound paired with this 8 ohm cab? I've got a second cab just like it coming in a few months. Also, is it true the amp doesn't have a Speakon out jack?
     
  16. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    That's true.

    It's a pretty simple mod if you think it's necessary.

    The cab will sound fine if you're happy with the frequency response of that driver on its own.
     
  17. thanks for the input.....i'm glad my boogie runs with such company
     
  18. My wife got jealous when she saw that STACK!!!
     
  19. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    Thanks Tom for giving me more gas pains.
    The SA200, I as nice a head, as I've ever played.
    If the Reeves is as good? (Oh the pain):help:
     
  20. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Disclosures:
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    It is right up there with the SA200, IME/IMHO. Of course, YMMV, but I for one am very, very impressed with the Custom 225. It is perhaps more clean than some would like, and more lean (and quick) in the mids than some might expect, but if you want lush, killer clean tone with beautiful singing highs, this head just may scratch your itch. :cool:
     



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