What ever happened to the amps I forgot the name of?

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  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

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    Havin a brain fart.

    What was the name of those amps that were really popular mid 90s into the new millenium? They had a lot of combos, lots of people were using them, and they were covered in that horrible carpeting that cats love to rip apart.

    And what happened to them all?
  2. bassie12

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    Trace Elliot?
  3. Joe Nerve

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    Nope.

    This is buggin the hell out of me. I owned a 10" combo for a very short while. They were standard fare for most rehearsal studios, and I used to see them in lots of backlines. A little pricey, heavy, but put out a lot of volume. And they had a pretty good rep.

    I wanted to see what they had goin on in little combos these days, and can't think of the name. Realized that I haven't seen them or heard much about them for a while.
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    Closest thing I can think of is Eden.
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    SWR? Now owned by Fender.
  9. Joe Nerve

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    Bingo.

    Just actually found them by googling 1990s bass amps.

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    I never see them anymore. Did they all vanish?
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    Carpeted combos really narrows it down.

    Ashdown, Hartke, Behringer, all still going strong.
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    Isn't SWR shut down now?
  13. Joe Nerve

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    Them there amps aren't carpeted. SWR had that ridiculous carpeting that picked up every piece of lint it could possibly find. And if it got rained on, fuggettaboutit! Never knew what they were thinking with that. Had the 1X10 I bought didn't have that going on there's a chance I might have kept it.
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    I think they're shut down now. Much to my relief.
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    Peavey used the fuzzy coverings for a while. My mark 6 XP has it and I had a 4 10 cab that had it.Sheesh , don't have any pets and don't grow a beard if you have one of these things. Every stray hair will end up stuck to it. I roll up a piece of duct tape and go over it to get the hairs off. Works pretty well.
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    I had a Workingman's 10 combo for a while that I bought used - the guy had dogs and there was no way that hair was ever coming off. I tried a lint roller, duct tape, whatever. That said - I thought the amp sounded decent. Sold it to a guitar player buddy who wanted a small bass amp for his studio.
  18. Joe Nerve

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    When mine was delivered, it had obviously been a return. I was pissed, as there was dog or cat hair on it out of the box. Planned to return and exchange it, but decided it was best to just let it go. Didn't give me the volume I was hoping for, either. Not that it wasn't loud, just wasn't loud enough for my purposes.
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    Whatever their shortcommings I always liked the tone of those working man combos. SWR's upmarket offerings not so much.
  20. BassNeo

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    I bought a used Yorkville 200 a while ago that used the same $#*! magnet carpet as SWR, only in a rather unattractive blue. It was dated 1994 if I recall correctly.

    I only used it at home for practice, so I traded it for a SWR LA12 and a fretless frankenjazz. Somewhere along the line they moved away from the really horrible fuzzy stuff to a shorter, tighter fabric that isn't so bad.
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    I was going to guess Yorkville!

    I've had my SWR WM10 since 99 and it's the best little amp ever. Yeah, it's got fur from many animals still clinging to it, but it still sounds and works great.

    Personally, I liked SWR a lot in its heyday. Fantastic cabinets, but the volume from the amps always seemed lacking. Sufficient volume only came from the super-high end stuff, so it was kinda tough to completely latch onto their bandwagon unless you were loaded.
    In their prime, they were the cutting edge. But super lightweight stuff came along, Fender bought them out, and that pretty much put an end to their reign.

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