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AER Domino 2 vs Acoustic Image vs Schertler amps

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by jnathanj33, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. jnathanj33

    jnathanj33 There are two kinds of music, Good and Bad.

    Jan 9, 2011
    I am looking for advice, and am in the mode of researching to buy an upright/eletric bass amp. I double and currently own a markbass cmd210P, it has been a hassle in getting the right sound for my electric and upright together using the same amp. I love the sound with my eletric with the markbass, but the sound with my upright is too colored by the markbass amp. I have heard and read good reviews on the AER Domino 2(1799.00), Schertler Unico Deluxe(1999.00) and of course Acoustic Image(1499.00) amps. The prices for each are failry close together. I'm using a Realist Naturilst, and a AMT SP25B with super preamp or a DYN-B with preamp. I prefer to use one amp for both, and wanted your opinions of the three amps I have mentioned here. Thank you in advance for consideration and time.
  2. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    I would go with Acoustic Image. They have a great reputation and make really good specialist double bass amps. I'm not a fan of the Schertler amps and although AER do make great amps I think they are very expensive and perhaps have less experience in the bass market. However I expect AER would be good.

    I guess if you like the Dyn B then sticking with the Schertler may be a good option, but I'm personally not a fan. I know there are players out there who love them though.

    Good luck with your search.
  3. jnathanj33

    jnathanj33 There are two kinds of music, Good and Bad.

    Jan 9, 2011
    Well, I have been leaning on getting the Acoustic Image Coda 2 channel, 4+. I appreciate your input.
  4. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Eugene, Oregon
    ...and AI's customer service can't be beat, should you ever need it.
  5. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    KC Strings
    The sound out of an AI amp is closer to what goes into it than anything I've tried. If you like the sound of your basses I'd highly recommend Acoustic Image. Not a big fan of the down firing woofer but lots of folks like the combos. Yes, Rick's service is amazing!
  6. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    One more vote for Acoustic Image. Those guys are among the best bass amps companies out there and they are great guys. They definitely get my vote!
  7. The AER Domino looks like a guitar / voice combo. The wattage seems to 60W per channel. It does not seem to offer a D.I. output...

    The Schertler Unico also seems to be a guitar+voice amp. It offers more wattage but seems to be 42lbs in weight. Schertler seems to offer a bass amp called "Lafaro".

    Of the three on that list, for electric bass, and upright bass, the AI 2 channel Coda seems to be a clear winner.

    Try them each out in a store near you to get the real goods that the websites can't explain.
  8. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Well, the Schertler Unico is definitely a Guitar amp and not designed for bass, so I'd avoid that one. Their new bass amp the LaFaro, is very expensive, and listening to one in Rochester NY. last summer I wasn't that excited about it.
    You should test drive the new Acoustic Image Flex system, as Rick Jones and the team have redesigned the Pre Amp and added Low and High Midrange controls. When I was considering possibly purchasing the Schertler DYN-B Rick Jones (Acoustic Image) mentioned that he thought you were better off using the Schertler Pre Amp into the AI.


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