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Acoustic Image

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by antonyhequet, Jul 9, 2003.


  1. good morning from the other side of the Atlantic

    I am looking for a light and natural sounding rig which could handle the bass side of my stick (xtended scale plays Bb). The Acoustic Image amp is attractive on paper and I know some stick players use them. Anybody have advice or experience on this matter?

    Antony
     
  2. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    i dont use a "stick", nor would i even know which side is up on one :eek:, but i do love my Clarus, and think its an amazing piece of gear!

    sooo small and light, yet reasonably powerful and very musically sweet sounding. one listen to the "basstasters" comparison is evidence of that. and i especially like the fact that i can take something to the gig easy and fast, without having to be on a 2 yrs. waiting list for it! ;)

    paired with a pair of Acme B1 1x10's, and you'd have quite the "natural" yet sweet as well as lightweight little rig! Yum!
     
  3. I have a Contra (series II), and love it. You have to hear one to believe it, the high praise these get is justified. You get more sound than you would think out of the (downward firing) 10, a 5 and a tweeter. Even in the hard case (there is an optional gig bag or hard case available, the hard case is worth it and easy to work with) the whole rig weighs in at less than 35 pounds and fits in a space about 16x18x20 inches (estimating, but close).

    If you don't have the address already, Acoustic Image can be found at http://www.acousticimg.com/flash-index.html and they have few dealers listed in Europe and one in the UK.
     
  4. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    does accoustic image have plans for a more powerful class D amp??? like 400W+?
     
  5. I doubt they will be going past the current 200(300) Watt version (the differences are a digital reverb on the -R models and a second input on the 2 (or Coda in the combo)) anytime soon. It was intended for upright (and acoustic) basses. Even SWR's California Blond is only 120 Watt.

    That being said, you would be surprised at how well you can be heard and felt with the Contra (or Coda) combos. The cab Acoustic Image uses is a fantastic match for their amps. I've only heard and used the Contra (only heard the original, but in several venues (edit- own the series II)) combos, so those using the Clarus amp with other cabs will have to speak to how well it works for them in various venues. I know the Contra can carry a Jazz quartet in an outdoor venue (large pole barn (approx. 75'x200'), concrete floor, decent crowd) with no problem being heard. That was without the extention cab, so 'only' 200 Watts. You will have to try one to understand how well it works, and since they have a "trial period" you don't have to worry about it much. I doubt you will want to return it after trying it (unless you want 2100+ Watts powering a wall of cabs, at which point this is the wrong brand to be looking at to begin with).
     
  6. sounds like a winner I'll have to try one out!

    Antony
     
  7. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    Just a little inside info, I'm their largest dealer and was talking with Rick on the phone yesterday. The 600 watt (into minimum 4 ohms) Clarus head is still in the cards. It will still be a few months, and probably a limited run, but there are firm plans for a 600 watt Clarus that fits in the current Clarus Series II case. Nothing much more to say at this juncture, but it will be a reality.
     
  8. any chance of seeing a stereo system, a sort of mini PA allowing you to monitor vocals and stereo effects on bass or acoustic instruments?

    Antony
     
  9. You are also the one who sold me mine.:p I didn't mention you as the person who asked the question was overseas. I would highly recommend anyone in the USA looking for one of these to go through you to get it. I can't speak highly enough of this amp or the dealer I got it from (http://www.gollihur.com/).

    If it is anything like the current models, that will be an impressive amp indeed. Will the Contra EX (the cab, for those wondering) handle 300 Watts?
     
  10. junglebike

    junglebike Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Oh my...

    Any word on pricing relative to the Clarus II? This is exactly what I've been looking for...

    (of course some dork is gonna ask you for more information after you say "nothing much more to say...") ;)
     
  11. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music


    Thanks for the very kind plug! (I ship them overseas, too, where dealers are not present)

    I have no spec for the cabinet, but if applied judiciously I don't see why not, as long as it isn't all in the form of a low B. I tried the EX with a couple of my other amps, both the original and new one, just to judge its sound without any influence from the Clarus. It is a very pure sounding cabinet, and I noted that, in the form of the Contra, I mistook the sound of the amp running out of gas for the speaker giving up.
    Nothing like that was mentioned, and I don't think that they plan to expand in that direction. As it is, they can't satisfy orders for the current stuff on an ongoing basis.
     
  12. how long before this 600 watt model sees the light?
     
  13. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    The prototype should be around this Summer, but it will be Fall or later before the initial production run time comes around.
     
  14. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    man,

    a 600 watter?!?!? i'd be soooooo all over that!

    but to get back to the thread, if antony needs something that slams at around 30 hz, no question the Acme would do the job better than anything.

    also, i've tried a pair of B1 1x10's with my Clarus as a sort of portable PA / boom box for a recent party, and WOW~!!! sounded better than my Sony stereo! was very very impressed.