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Trace Elliot ????

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by nitrofix, Jul 8, 2013.


  1. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

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    Hey Guys. got a chance to go check out this amp. The thing is I've never had a Trace and never played through one. I'd like to get some opinions on this combo and what do you think about the price.. Thanks Guys
    http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/msg/3911269751.html
     
  2. JFOC

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    There is a 1x15 gp12 combo @ Guitar center for $500 and a solo head for $400...IDK if the prices are fair but maybe that can get you some bargaining room
     
  3. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

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    Thanks man, just checked the one at Guitar Center out.. Thinking about picking this up and putting a TRACE ELLIOT 1153 under it..Can get the 1153 for $149 @ GC...
     
  4. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

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    Does anyone know if putting a TRACE ELLIOT 1153 under the combo will work, I heard a lot of bad things about mixing cabs lately...Thanks Guys
     
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  6. Schlyder

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    That combo will kick ass. GP12 smx 300w of Trace power... The head alone in it is worth that. ....... add another 210 or 115whatever floats your boat. (make sure it's 8ohm though)..... with another cab it will be around 600w of Trace Elliot goodness. That will make you need to change your pants.
     
  7. Jimtoonz

    Jimtoonz Supporting Member

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    I own a Trace Elliot head (AH-350SMX) with the same GP12 preamp/eq stage in it.

    First off, you will find what the guy says about the wattage to be true. The rating on Trace amps is very conservative. Mine is supposed to be 350 watts, but feels and sounds like about twice that much.

    Secondly, the build quality of the head I own feels like you could hang it from a crane and use it to demolish a building, then go play a gig with it.

    If you like the sound, I'd say go for it, but I'd like to see you get it for somewhat less, like an offer of $450, as there is a bit of age on that piece.

    BTW, there is a Trace Elliot club on TB - you might be able to find some info there.
     
  8. Downunderwonder

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    What is the combo? ( I'm on my phone ) I'm guessing it's the 2x10. The same 2x10 is fairly commonplace but it should boogie with a 1153 ok.

    I have 250 gp12smx head. Tell your momma it's 250w.
     
  9. Schlyder

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    yes DUW .... it's a 210 - GP12smx combo. $600.
     
  10. Schlyder

    Schlyder

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    I have a 250w GP12smx head run into an Eden 210xlt. Cost me $875 for the head alone, 15 years ago.

    With another 8 ohm cab it should run around 450 -500w @ 4ohm. It is loud.

    For $600 you have the start of a killer rig.
     
  11. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Gold Supporting Member

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    trace amps sound nice. the england made stuff is awesome. the gibson owned stuff is rather unreliable.
     
  12. Downunderwonder

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    $600 sounds like flying a kite. The prices in the classifieds here are perhaps generous but Trace gear in the US goes cheap, as a rule.
     
  13. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

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    Just picked up the GP12 SMX 2x10 combo and bought a Trace 1153 cab also. Before I hook it up I need to know if all Trace Elliot 1153 cabs are 8 ohm's, where it says the ohms on the back of the cab is worn off, I would hate to blow up my amp..Most 1153's I've seen are 8 ohm's just want to check...Thanks Guys
     
  14. Downunderwonder

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    Check with a multimeter in case it isn't the original speaker.
     
  15. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

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    How would I go about doing that ??
     
  16. Blairb

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    Most Traces are 4ohm as far as I know and the combos are supplied with an 8ohm speaker and room for another 8ohm extension. I was really jones'n for a 1215 combo a while back. Killer sound.
    Here is a late 80's British AH200 GP12 I found at a pawnshop. $100 and it sounds amazing.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Downunderwonder

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    Multimeter DC resistance of the voice coil + speaker cable is easy check. Should be about 6 ohms. Put meter on open end of cable plugged into cab.
     
  18. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

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    Thanks Downunder, will check that out...Good score on that Trace Blairb, just messing around with mine I feel it to be very mid to high mid heavy. Thinking about getting a Pre amp/DI maybe a Radial Tonebone Bassbone to add some bottom end to it....
     
  19. Downunderwonder

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    You got all the eq you could possibly need in the combo preamp!

    12 band graphic, the 2 presets are scooped mids and mondo scooped mids, the EQ balance control goes from "dubbed to the max" to "all highs, no lows" if you let it.

    The cab may not have enough bottom on it for you or you might be Eq'ing it wrong. Another EQ will not solve it. Getting the 1153 may work out or you might have to pull the amp from the combo and get two 1153's.
     
  20. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

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    Downunder or anyone who can help got a question for you. I know the EQ balance knob sets the pivot point at the center of the graphic about which the frequency response of the graphic can be swung. the thing is with the one I just got when I turn it all the way to the left(counter clockwise) I lose the sound, nothing.When I go from flat and turn it to the right I can hear the high end and volume increase but when set flat I turn it to the left I don't hear the low end increase and I lose volume the more I turn it.turn it all the way and no sound. So I'm wondering if that control is messed up not allowing me increase the bottom end and decrease the top end by turning it all the way to the left..Any thought's ??? Thanks Man
     
  21. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

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    Helluva deal on that - wished I could find one of those for $100! congrats!
     

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