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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bensboy, Aug 13, 2019.
Traynor (Yorkville Sound) has forever.
Jule makes a phenomenal power amp - M700 and now a M2500.
I own a M 700 and it's amazingly well thought out and built to last a very long time
They just don’t anymore. That all died in the late 90s . The bass amp world has been in a state of constant change pretty much since the beginning ( ampeg b15) . At this time we have almost completed the transition from regular solid state to class D . What’s next? Well I’m hoping powered class D cabs . With the plethora of preamp pedals Already available I hope it’s the next step towards truly modular Bass rigs.
Crown has been in this world at least as long as I have and I’ve been retired for awhile. Crown
McIntosh used to be on the short list, too, but I’ve been away from the need for this amount of power for years, so I don’t know if they still are.
Yep, Peavey would definitely be at the top of the list. Back in their '80s and '90s heyday, Peavey not only sold both bass rig amps and CS power amps (and almost every other conceivable niche in popular music instruments, including drums), but they probably sold more of them in each category than their nearest competitor.
Demeter comes to mind also. Didn’t see anyone mention them.
I use the aux in on my Mesa d-800 to amplify my keyboard while I have my bass connected to the normal input. Works great for synth bass and stuff so I imagine it would work really well if you wanted to plug a bass pre amp into the aux in. For gigs with foh support just xlr out of your preamp/di of choice
What's the appeal of powered cabs? Which are, after all, really combo amps without preamps? I haven't kept up with this stuff, so excuse me being out of date, but powered monitors for example seem to mean running two connections to every cab instead of one, and a lot of mains in close proximity to signal. I don't get what the advantage is over a rack of power amps. Especially as it seems to me with classD you ought to be able to get several amps/ channels in a single 2U case. What am i missing? Is it just the combo convenience of one box, or is there something more subtle i dont get?
Demeter Power Amplifiers
Guitar Sound Systems Guitar and bass power amps by Guitar Sound Systems (GSS)
R.A.D. Engineering ICE 1000P
I, too, don't share the preference for powered cabs. I like versatility. I have usually about 8 cabs...but only up to four amps. I like to be able to play one cab on Friday and different cab on Saturday. If all of them were powered, I would have to pay much more for them... Just my 2 cents...
Dynacord used to make some pretty special bass amps
Eden back in the day. Don't think I saw them mentioned.
As for using a bass amp effects return to bypass the preamp, I always wonder if the power section on an amp has its own "mojo" going on, other than say some limiting, hpf, etc. I've tried running into the return of my Tone Hammer 500 and, to my ears anyway, it has a bit of somethin' somethin' going on.
Unless I’m using a combo amplifier the number of cables is the same. Granted, the kind of cable is different. The main advantage of powered cabs with preamps
is I can have the preamp right at my fingertips and place the powered cabinet
further behind me. Another plus is having the ability to switch preamps out or use different sized cabs. Just my take.
The same applies to separate power amps and cabs, IMU. Am I missing something?
Macintosh, high end sound. Used one for a few years in the 70’s through 80’s. Heavy and not cheap. I think it was model 2100 mono block but not sure.