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aussie gear!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by matito, Oct 15, 2005.


  1. i plan on getting a head and cab early next year, and so am already starting to research.

    i'm firstly looking into the aussie gear, like lab systems and ebony.

    i can't seem to find many stores that stock these, especially ebony. i can't even find ebony on the net.

    anyone know any stores in melb that would stock ebony?

    and anyone got any recommendations on heads and cabs for me to look at, even of non aussie brands. i just want a small cab to start off with, like a 1x15 etc. and am thinking of going for a tube amp.

    i'm thinking of spending just over $2,000(AUD), but i always go over budget when buying gear :p. so i'll say $2,000-$2,500 or just over.

    thanks
     
  2. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    Australia
    I think you have just about named all the worthwhile aussie gear in your price range worth checking out. Some may tell you that ashton is good, but I won't. It's ok at best, will do the job, but is nothing special.
     
  3. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    hi,

    i have a 210 and a 212 labsystems cabs.

    they are pretty fat sounding with a good growl. they are well made but reasonably heavy.

    if you are considering a 15 as your main cab, perhaps try there 212.

    i quiet like it, although i'm really more of a quadbox kinda person.

    i got them from the bass centre.

    i've never heard of ebony, interesting

    cheers!
     
  4. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    and i see your looking at something tube maybe...

    the traynor yba200 is an all tube head that has gotten some pretty good reviews on here.

    it is prehaps over your budget as its around 1650 i think in australia, but thats still very cheap for an all tube head!

    i haven't seen any in shops but i did check them out on the australian distributors page... it' a link from the traynor/yorkville website....
     
  5. mr dave, out of interest what head you using?

    edit: and that traynor amp looks good! like i said in my original post i'm likely to spend more then i intend, i would be prepared to pay 1650 for a tube amp, if i really like it and i'm thinking i might save a bit more and spend close to on $2,000 just on the amp itself, i haven't quite worked it out yet, i've just thrown up some rough price's.
     
  6. Unfortunately, Labsystems aren't cheap with their heads - I think they are overpriced. I remember seeing a 1X15 of theirs once at a shop and I was impressed with the sound and how compact it was.

    If the ebony head sounds as good as Petebass says it does (he has talked about his quite a bit on the past), it is an excellent buy. FOr those interested here is a link with eboy products http://www.bassplayer.com.au/EN_Res.asp?EnType=24 - go down to the quake - not much info but it gives you and idea. Their cabs might be worth considering and would be cheaper than labsystems.

    Maybe the eboy head with the labby 1X15 would be a cool little rig to start with.

     
  7. weeding

    weeding

    May 17, 2005
    MARKBASS MARKBASS MARKBASS MARKBASS


    Get some MarkBass gear. I had the lucky oppurtunity to play through some of their insanely nice amplifiers. The sound can go from massive fatness to beautiful warm rich in tone. And they are light as all buggery. For that amount of cash, you should be able to get something rather tasty.

    http://www.markbass.it/
     
  8. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne

    hi matito!

    I've got a gk400rbIII

    it's rather underpowered for those two cabs, but it does really well, never had a problem with it in 5 years.

    the gk is really punchy and bright which i like but its never been so good for jazz and it doesn't work so well with my new bass, i'm looking to upgrade to an eden wt550 because of its smooth tone and flexability...
    i also want to get a 4ohm quad for that head, i'd love an epifani ul410 because of the really light weight...

    but yeah.

    i've heard played some of the markbass stuff and the basscentre and billy hydes and it was damn loud and sounded really nice.

    also if your looking for a fat tube like sound but also flexabilty to get more hifi, have a look at the ashdowns in the basscentre too!

    cheers,

    dave
     
  9. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    yeah, their heads ahve never really grabbed me either, i think teh cabs are better value.

    cheers,

    dave
     
  10. mikeboth

    mikeboth The last thing you'll ever see

    Jun 14, 2002
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Operator: prophecysound systems
    I thought that perhaps 'Ebony' was the 'new' brandname of the old Sovtek cabs?

    When I put together my bass rig, I decided to steer away from 'specialist' bass heads as they *all* seemed to be too expensive here considering their wattage. Hence, I use a Yamaha Pb-1 preamp and a Yamaha PS5000 (? I think) poweramp (500w into 8 ohms per side). My theory was I could get the tone I wanted from my bass, preamp and cabinets, and that the power amps job was simply to take the preamp's signal and make it louder. :)
     
  11. Voltaren

    Voltaren

    Sep 11, 2005
    far far away
    Matito

    If you are interested in the Traynor YBA200, you will pick it up for less than the rrp, I got mine for $1350 from Melbourne and had it shipped for twenty bucks, execellent value.

    Only one thing, you must change a couple of the preamp valves to get the best out of it, easy to do and not expensive.

    You might consider the Yorkville YS800, with a discount it would be an amp that would cover your needs for years.

    Cabs, look around at the second hand market or maybe something like Harkte or similar is reasonable value,

    With this in mind you will definitely buy a decent rig with the monies you have available
     
  12. Ebony amps are really good, they are modelled on the GK sound. They are made by a guy in Cambellfield, Melb. Main St music in Greensborough, and Syndal Music in Syndal both have stock of a 400watt model. My friend has one, and loves it, lots of low end. I'm going to PM you with an amp I'm selling that might interest you.
     
  13. Vinpaul

    Vinpaul

    Aug 24, 2005
    Melbourne, Aus
    u can buy the traynor 200 at a music store on brunswick street, damn I forget the name, but I popped in there when my guitarist was looking for an amp and was surprised to see one. Regret not trying it. Have a look at the Genz Benz gbe600 at billy hydes, u can get it for under 1500 AUS, its pretty sweet.Also the markbass stuff seems all the rage, and sounds pretty awesome, its in your price range too
     
  14. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    yeah, used to be fretted instruments, now frontier music?

    just got their sale catalogue and notice they do yorkville/traynor, but they have a yba200 there?

    sick!
     
  15. Vinpaul

    Vinpaul

    Aug 24, 2005
    Melbourne, Aus
    yeap thats the one, frontier music. Yeap they got it and the matching cab, its a 210 plus 15 or something like that
     
  16. Voltaren

    Voltaren

    Sep 11, 2005
    far far away
    Well there you go, thats the place where I got my YBA from,
    I did it by phone and they gave prompt service with a good price.
     
  17. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    Australia
    You know what just occured to me... only aussies have posted in this thread!
     
  18. primus_55

    primus_55

    Dec 28, 2004
    Go Labsystems! World class cabs!
     
  19. popinfresh

    popinfresh

    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    I think lab's are a little overpriced, but sound nice.

    I'd def look at Traynor if you want tubes. Any Traynor or Yorkville stuff is well priced here IMO.
     
  20. resol

    resol Guest

    Feb 21, 2005
    yeh, definitely!
    as an aside, when i was looking for an amp, i asked this dodgy storeperson about labsystems - he looked me up and down, and he said "all i can say, it's nowhere in YOUR price range!" :( :(

    bastard...sorry 'bout language :mad: had to get that off my chest