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Palmer Bass Pocket Amp

Average User Rating:
4/5,
  • Pedal Type:
    Preamp and direct box
    Batteries:
    9-volt
    Weight:
    .79 pounds (without battery)
    Size:
    3.94 inches x 3.94 inches x 2.17 inches
    Inputs:
    1/4"
    Outputs:
    1/4" (TRS) and XLR (pre/post switchable with ground lift)
    Price:
    unknown... but the street price is around $199
    Features:
    Input LED, 3-band EQ, multiple modes (clean, overdrive, fuzz), multiple cabinet simulators (flat, modern, vintage) effects loop
    Other Specs:
    Aluminum construction
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Recent User Reviews

  1. Low84
    4/5,
    "A Swiss Army knife preamp/DI for any bassist!"
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - Lots of valuable features in a small, affordable package.
    Cons - The saturation knob -- I can't hear what it's doing!
    Looking for a nice, battery powered headphone amp that I could use around the house, I took a chance on the Palmer Bass Pocket Amp. It's probably overkill for my needs, but I like what I see for the most part. I wasn't familiar with Palmer before this experience but am fairly impressed so far.

    Disclaimer: I didn't know where exactly to post this review -- in preamps, effects or recording devices as this puppy does it all! The Bass Pocket Amp is a preamp pedal with a 1/4" and XLR outputs in a sturdy footswitchable pedal that can be powered by a 9-volt battery or an adapter.

    One thing you'll quickly observe when holding the Bass Pocket Amp in your head is how sturdy this unit is. Unfamiliar with Germany's Palmer company, I wonder if this tank-worthy construction is their calling card. Regardless, I approve! The compact unit should easily fit into the pockets of most gig bags and hardshell case.

    Thanks to a multitude of switches and knobs, there are LOTS of controls on Bass Pocket Amp! Gain ("Drive"), 3-band EQ and a blend knob help you dial in your sound on the front end... but then there's the array of switches (similar to the SansAmp products) that let you choose different voice modes and cabinet simulators. The input features an optional pad and the XLR direct includes a handy ground lift. Use it as a direct box by setting all the EQs and cabinet simulators to flat or let your tonal dreams run wild by taking advantage of everything this unit has to offer, this is one hefty device with loads of capability. I found the "blend" knob to be especially valuable, allowing you to roll in just the right amount of affected signal.

    The only control that's still puzzling me is one labeled as "Saturation." The manual makes it sound nice... but so far, I haven't heard much of a difference, regardless of what mode I have the unit it. If anyone has any ideas as to how this control works or where it shines, please feel free to shout out to me.

    A built-in effects loop, aux in and headphone out give the user every possible solution for their bass playing needs, regardless of if they're on the stage, in the studio or on the couch.

    Overall, I'm impressed with the sounds I'm getting so far. The sky's the limit... clean, rich, SVT dirt or full-on fuzz... the Bass Pocket Amp can deliver it all. With my passive mutt P-Bass in hand, I'm opting to run my Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor into the Bass Pocket Amp directly instead of using the effects loop and the results are just glorious. If I could sum up the results in one word, I'd have to say "variety" as there are truckloads at your fingertips.

    Having the diverse Palmer Bass Pocket Amp in your gig bag could very well help you out of a jam when you need it... just like a real Swiss Army knife!
    Price Paid:
    $199

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