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3 Observations About my Thunderfunk...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Apr 16, 2006.


  1. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    1. indoors or out, with the timbre and enhance knobs, i can tune to whatever situation i'm in.

    2. its like amplified velcro. epifani, acme, schroeder, ea, they all sound great w/ the TF, again, thx to those pesky knobs.

    3. even when the battery in my bass is dying mid-gig, i can use a combination of the aforementioned timbre knob and enhance knobs to bring it back to the psuedo yet no less fantastically full and smoove.

    bonus:

    side handles rool like motherpluckin' ozzy.
     
  2. ibz

    ibz

    Apr 14, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    Sounds like another happy camper with these amps.

    If I ever want to make the switch/addition of a SS amp these would be one that I would seriously consider.
     
  3. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Well put. +1
     
  4. Kael

    Kael

    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    +1 to the above with the following additions...

    Observation #4

    These suckers pack some serious power for a 500 watt amp. Played an outdoor show at a local Indian casino gig yesterday (EA cxl-112 + nl-210 stack, should've packed sunscreen, I am ├╝ber sunburned now :bawl: ) and had no problems getting the low end to carry. I used to use a lead sled for outdoor shows where I carry FOH like that. I know that Dave says that his amps are accurately rated, but this head puts out like a... Ok, that analogy wasn't going to be PG-13 so I guess I'll just say that they belt out oodles'o volume.

    Observation #5

    Turning the switch "off" seems to be much more noticable with some of the more dramatic EQ settings I've tried. There also seems to be an impressive amount of headroom going on with the EQ.
     
  5. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan

    Jan 17, 2002
    NorCal
    What?:confused: :p
     
  6. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    It has a fuzzy side and a prickly side, and it works really well until it gets full of lint.

    Nah, that can't be it.
     
  7. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    lol,

    i think i shoulda said, "amplifier velcro"... *shrug*

    but in my pantheon of great versatile SS heads, ala the EA iAMP-800, Epifani UL502, and Acoustic Image Focus, the TFB joins their exalted company.
     
  8. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan

    Jan 17, 2002
    NorCal
    That is some good company :D

    I'm taking my first dive in SS head-dom when the UL902 comes out. If i'm lucky it'll smoke like those three :cool:
     
  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Velcro...hhmmmmm...ok;)

    I think I might have said "swiss army knife."
     
  10. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Gotta agree with you there! :)
     
  11. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    slight self derailment...

    got a few PMs from a few guys, and here are some thoughts:

    while i love the AI Focus, its true, its not exactly as versatile as the other heads. BUT, the notch filter and high pass filter do a decent job of helping to alleviate boomy rooms, which for me is a big +1. and the EQ section is beautifully voiced for my EUB. and running flat EQ's, my bass onboard preamps have never sounded better.

    the epifani sorta falls in another catagory of versatility, since it is a two channel head w/ separate EQ's, which again, some guys need and some guys couldnt care less. i think its awesome, and a feature many more amp guys should offer. and while it may seem like hyperbole to some, i still think the epi heads are like avalon u5's w/ EQ sections. really.

    in terms of EQ versatility (which is where my comment sits), the iAMP and the TFB are really in the class by themselves w/ 4 stages of parametrics. if you like to tweak, both amps offer tons of options at your disposal. i give the iAMP a slight edge, cause i think its Q's for the parametric section is voiced that much better for my needs. in contrast, i found the TF's cut/boost is rather subtle until about a full 1/4 turn of the knobs.

    BUT, again, i'm finding the TF's timbre/enhance knob combo is quite formidable in dealing w/ certain rooms.

    the timbre gives me a quick fix approach ala, if i'm outdoors, and i need a fatter larger fulfilling sound, i turn the timbre knob counterclockwise. vice versa, if i'm in a boomy high ceiling'd room, or i feel like i'm coupled to a hollow stage, i turn clockwise.

    and, if my overall sound is feeling too inyourface and aggressive (i.e. if i'm renting the ol' Eden XLT cab) for the gig i'm in, i turn up the enhance knob to give a smoother, airier, not so ripping sound.

    again, with these past few weeks, at the start of my spring outdoor gigging, the TF has really opened my eyes to what the it can do for me.
     
  12. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member


    A big +1 to all the above comments. I actually find the Thunderfunk's tone controls at least as versatile and powerful as the iAmps (which are also very nice).

    However.... I'll put what you are saying above (and what others have pointed out in other threads) differently. With the iAmp, I always felt I had to 'dial in a tone' that I liked. With the TF, it sounds great just turning it on with the controls flat, and I am able to use the tone controls how IMO they should be used... to make slight adjustments for room acoustics etc. The Timbre control is also very nice for very simply changing the voicing of the amp for the particular speaker you are using. For example, with the Schroeder 1210 and especially 1212 (which are a little 'low mid woolly' sounding), I move the Timbre just so slightly to the right to voice the amp more toward the upper mids... then I boost a little low end and low mids. With the Epi410UL, which is an upper-mid monster, I run the Timbre just slightly to the 'left' which voices the amp just a little darker and to the low mids.... wonderful! With the Schroe 21012L, which is much wider sounding than any of the above mentioned cabs, the Timbre stays flat.... cool!
     
  13. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    +1

    taking it further, with my acmes, it stays middle, or a little to the left. my EA a little to the right. swr rental usually far left. eden rental little left. ampeg rental far right.
     
  14. CQBASS

    CQBASS

    Dec 1, 2004
    Asheville NC
    Don't mean to hijack, but... How would a TFB do with an acme B4? Do you think it has enough to really open up the Acme? Thanks...please resume.
     
  15. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Joker has both those pieces of gear, so he can give you some input. From my experience with my two B210's and similarly powered amps, I would say unfortunately no.
     
  16. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    Do any of your Thunderfunks have a hum ? Mine has a slight hum you can hear after powering up, an it's not the fan.
    Just curious, nothing sounds broken. Love the amp! I've got the TFB550 w/switch.
     
  17. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    hmm...

    i've yet to try my TF w/ my B4, cause the acme has been on semi permanent loan to my friend. i'll try it out next week.

    but, i do think my TF/B2 combo is plenty loud, and easily keeps up with my bi-monthly gospel gig, where i like the smoother fatter tone i get w/ the B2 vs. my other cabs. i love the warm fatness, combined w/ the smooth articulate low end of the acme. pure heaven!

    and lest you think church music doesnt get loud, try competing with 75 unbelievably strong singers. earplugs are a must! :eek:
     
  18. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    hmm... bad ungrounded outlet?
     
  19. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Mine 550 is literally dead quiet... I understand the 420's and the very, very early 550's (called 420EU's) were just slightly noisier. I had my 420EU 'upgraded' to the 550 Series One Spec's shortly after I received it about a year and a half ago, and it too is quiet as a mouse.
     
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Mine's real quiet as well...
     

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