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Why yes, Virginia, I DO think everybody needs to have 1,700 watts of amplification

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by PCR, Jan 17, 2014.


  1. PCR

    PCR

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    My GK MBF800 arrived today in the big purple truck.

    It's currently sitting where my MarkBass LM III used to sit plugged into my MarkBass NY121. (The LMIII and NY121 is my home practice rig)

    My GB Shuttle 9.0 is plugged into a pair of Bergantino HD112's. (my stage rig)

    I played around with them for about an hour, and WOW!!! The MBF 800 is a monster!! I swapped the MBF800 and the S9.0 in and out of the Bergs, and they both sound REALLY good! It was getting late, so I didn't really turn them up and let them breath. Plus my Bergs are buried in the corner of my room; not an optimal placement. But at clean home volume, the two sounds really close.

    I can't wait to take the MBF800 out to hear how it sounds at stage volume compared to the S9.0.

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    OK, I admit, an 800 watt amp is a little ridiculous for a home practice amp. But, you gotta admit; It's a REALLY cool idea! :D
     
  2. Bigskybassguy

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    OK, I admit, an 800 watt amp is a little ridiculous for a home practice amp. But, you gotta admit; It's a REALLY cool idea! :D[/QUOTE]

    Taking 400hp Corvette to the supermarket is ridiculous, too, but wow, is it a fun time!
     
  3. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Supporting Member

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    My Streamliner 900 has become my new best friend. Since my wife won't let me store my UL410s in our home office I had to buy a TC Electronics 210 because it fits nicely under the desk. It sounds really awesome with the Streamliner.
     
  4. backin82

    backin82 Jack of a Few Trades Supporting Member

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    I want the Fusion 800 so bad.

    Gotta sell a few items first, then its off to MF or GC to order one.
     
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  6. johnson79

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    Those fusion amps are really nice.
     
  7. singlemalt

    singlemalt Supporting Member

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    Price check RMC audio on GK stuff before you buy anywhere else.
     
  8. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together Supporting Member

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  9. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    Oooooooh! That GK is just so darned cute!!! Can I give it a head rub?? :D
     
  10. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    Taking 400hp Corvette to the supermarket is ridiculous, too, but wow, is it a fun time![/QUOTE]

    You only live once. Might as well enjoy it.
     
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    The MBF500 is one of the best sounding amp I have ever owned. Killer tone and fit in my gig bag! I'm sure the 800 sounds as good and louder.

    I use 800w for everything and it works for me. From basement (it has a volume knob!) to large gigs.... Nice to have enough horsepower for every occasion.
     
  12. Jim C

    Jim C

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    +1
    There are used GK MB series amps that sell on this board for more than brand new ones with a warranty from RMC.
     
  13. shoot-r

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    For my first 40+ years of tryin' to play I used 300 watts to gig with (G.K. 800)......I thought anyone "thinking" they needed more was just spending/throwing their money away.

    Recently I went to a Hartke LH1000 head for my gigging amp. 1,100 watts at 4 ohms peak.

    O.K., now I get it!!!!!!!!!! :eek: :hyper: :D
     
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Why yes, Virginia, I DO think everybody needs to have 1,700 watts of amplification

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    Hmmm ... I have 3 Ampegs, a Peavey, a Behringer, A couple of small PA amps, and a small guitar amp and if I add all of the watts of all of them together it comes up less than 1700 watts.
     
  15. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    RB800 killer amp. It will still get you through a gig.

    But watts are cheaper now than then. And lighter.

    The RB800 was a micro amp of the time. Compare it to an ACC 3 series.

    Now there is no need to kowtow to a Marshal stack.
     
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Let's see...

    Mesa M9 with 10 MOSFETS (900 WATTS @ 4 ohms) + Gallien Krueger MB 800 (800 watts @ 4 ohms) = 1700 watts @ 4 ohms

    Yep, that seems to be true. But oh wait, there this:
    GB shuttle 6.0 (600 watts @ 4 ohms) + Crest CA6 (two channels 600 watts @ 4 ohms) = 1800 watts @ 4 ohms. There seems to be a 100 watt overage!
     
  17. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

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    well, then it appears that the OP is running his 800w mighty mite with the -10db pad engaged ... ha. funny.:cool:

    these do look like great amps. Never been a GK guy, but it does give me pause.

    enjoy!
     
  18. chucko58

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    My home practice rig is 3000 watts... it doubles as my "Big Gig Rig". :D
     
  19. christw

    christw Get low!

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    +1700
     
  20. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

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    jeez

    unless you count the PA wattage on big pro stages I have played on, I have not used more than 500w in hundreds of shows in the past 5 years.

    diffr'nt strokes I guess :cool:

    hope you guys are using hearing protection and have VERY well built houses!
     
  21. will33

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    Why no Virginia.....obviously nobody needs 1700 watts to play their bass, but when did we ever stop at "need"?
     

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