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Acoustic Image Series III

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Ric Vice, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Good Morning!
    Acoustic Image just put pictures up of their Series III Combos
    and Heads. The heads look similar to a Walter Woods. The
    Combos look like a Walter Woods with a different cabinet.
    The web page mentions that they are have
    "more power and headroom, are even lighter in weight,
    heavy with features, have the unchanged AI high fidelity sound.
    and the sleek look is a bonus. From the picture
    it looks like they are now using a spray finish on the cabinets.
    I wonder if they got the down firing ten to work better?

    Ric Vice :hyper:

    Thanks to kjung for the email.
  2. bluegreenturtle


    Mar 15, 2003
    Actually from the picture it looks like they're using a really bad drawing program. Those aren't photos.
  3. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002

    Lookin' pretty swanky though -- intruiging.
  4. Wxp4759cb


    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I personally like how the controls on the series I-II are facing upward since it allows me to easily adjust them without getting off my stool. Maybe there will be some cool additions to the series III though.
  5. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    I hope it sounds better than it looks.
  6. 'I hope it sounds better than it looks.'

    +1 - they look terrible..!
  7. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    The new series III is a real design change that's for sure!
    I can't imagine why they would change a good design that
    made sense ergonomically with the knobs on top, thus
    easier to reach.
    It's hard speculate on how it will sound until someone
    buys one and writes a review.
    Granted, there aren't many amplifiers that don't change
    over the years, but the original design was very nice and
    user friendly. I wonder if we could invite Rick to talk about it
    when it's actually ready for release?

  8. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    There have been three different versions (not counting early prototypes) of the Contra/Coda combos, and each improved upon the one before. I have no reason to believe this will be any different, and once free to provide details, nobody else will, either. I can tell you not to expect any difference in their basic sound.

    I think I can also let a little slip about the new cabinet-- it will be "Injection molding technology offered a lighter, structurally inert, more maintenance-free polymer cabinet with unchanged acoustic qualities". You've probably seen similar construction in some of the nicer PA cabs. Personally, as a cat owner, I will not miss the carpet covering on any speaker cabinet. ;)
  9. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I think they look fine, although the part of the square casing tha sticks out past the controls is kind of vexing - why would you do that? But other than that, they look fine to me. As someone who usually puts mine up on a stand anyway, having the knobs facing up has become a disadvantage. But if they've upgraded the features to where the hi-pass filter is either selectable between channels or universal to both, I'll probably want to give one a whirl.
  10. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    That's interesting an injection molded cabinet.
    Thanks for the info. When in September does AI expect to
    put these up for sale?

  11. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    A plan is one thing, reality is another. :rolleyes:

    As soon as all the parts arrive from the various suppliers.
  12. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    Any word on specs for the new amp?
  13. Jason Hollar

    Jason Hollar Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Pittsburgh area
    Yes, that's the money word right there. I think there is a great deal of agreement among users that the AI heads and combos sound good with acoustic instruments -- especially considering the piezo-friendly design.

    The web page states there will be even more power offered with the various upgrades. Mr Gollihur...can you let some of that information slip too??? ;)

    I'll be seeing you next week! Looking forward to shopping for new toys...er...tools.
  14. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Since AI is the only company that makes a Double Bass specific
    amp other that Walter Woods ( UHP now selling for $2.400.00)
    I hope to get a chance to try this amp out when it's available.
    Thanks to Bob for giving us as much info as he can. Since the
    series III are a different design getting all the components together to build it can be tricky. I remember when Walter Woods offered a high power version of the earlier design. He had to stop building it for a couple of years because the cost of one of the components went through the roof!

    Ric ;)
  15. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I'm definitely "in" on this thread! :)
  16. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    AI just posted a drawing of their new series III Contras and
    Head. Check it out on their website. They have changed the
    design a bit. It's a new look for them. :)
  17. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Nice to see AI finally went with real two channels...looks like combo jacks so you can use 1/4" or XLR on either channel. That would have saved me a LOT of money if they had offered that a few years ago, instead I went with Walter Woods.

    Too late for me I guess :(
  18. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Wow that would be cool! You could actually use a Schertler Dyna B
    with a AMT mic. Although, I talked to Rick at AI a year ago and he
    said that the Schertler Pickup really needs the Schertler PRE A II
    since it's a Class A device.

  19. Jazzman


    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Designing the 'hot half' of injection molding machines by day, I do not want to speculate how much that will drive the price up. I can't imagine AI makes enough units to reap the benefits of injection molding considering the significant cost investment it requires.

    Are they using an outside mold maker or are they running the shells themselves?

  20. Chris

    I think that is to protect the control knobs from breaking off 'in transit'. Although since they usually supply a nice case I'll be vexed too!