Big Amps will come back one day!!!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jkalads, Apr 24, 2024.

  1. jkalads


    Jan 20, 2005
    I know Im in the minority, but I do think big amps will become fashionable again one day. Just like records have come back, kids will want to experience the real thing. There is something special that digital recreations cannot capture and just the feeling of moving that air cannot be truly mimicked. Prolly not 5 years but maybe 10. Thought?
  2. The time is NOW!!! bring em back... up to a point. I'd say maybe 30-37lbs :D. They sound better IMO and from all the digital amps I've owned.
  3. What are all these "digital" amps you guys are talking about?
  4. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    Digital modeling amps. Sent to front of house and monitor via in ears.
    Did someone say big amps? (And small range covered here) I also have a pedalboard with a two notes torpedo m+ to cover a silent stage as required.
    Will the big amps come back? Everything is a cycle. Tubes are getting hard to get with reasonable quality and expensive.
  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Everyone has their own preference. But for all the TalkBass back hurts / silent stage, while that is a real thing it is still the case that just about every show I've seen major or club in the last few years is still guitar stacks or at least Twins and big bass amps.
    In my own experience I see bare stages with cover and review bands more often than with original bands.

  6. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    They really haven't left (at least for me).
    SVT heads and cabinets are still available. Same with Fender.
    Mesa, Bergantino, and others still make big speaker cabs.
    Agreed that heavy transistor amps are going the way of the dinosaur especially since parts are becoming NLA.
  7. Have fun with that, I plan to be dead by then.
  8. J Wilson

    J Wilson Supporting Member

    The problem for me with emulator type products is that you dial up 'SVT' or 'Acoustic 360' and play it through a 112 or 212 . . . . nope. Especially for me as I'm old enough to have played the real ones back in the day.

    I'll repeat what I once said: IF I thought I'd only ever play through earpieces or headphones from here on out, I'd sell everything and walk away. Of course, like the Neanderthals before me, I'm going extinct.
  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Should we be concerned? Or make arrangements?
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  10. Nah.
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  11. gtirard


    Feb 22, 2020
    Paris, France
    Big rigs are still there, with great deals used.
    Class D amp and featherweight 212 cabs also available, they sound so good.
    IEM monitors too.
    And modelers, or tube preamps.
    There's never been so many options.
    And the audience don't care, but some of us do, and we have the choice.
    Great times.
  12. HP Hovercraft

    HP Hovercraft Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2022
    Yeah. I don't think they've ever left. I've never even seen a "silent stage" and I go to a lot of shows
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  13. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Niche markets will always have some demand, though often this demand gets filled from the oversupply of large, heavy used gear, usually for less that 25 cents on the dollar.
  14. LetItGrowTone


    Apr 2, 2019
    Gallien-Krueger is set to release a new version of the RB, which quote "will be a lead sled", in August according to the current projection.

    I'm liking my QSC GX5 a lot, class H.
  15. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    I’m not so sure they’ve gone completely away, but have become unpopular for the working pro. I would doubt you can expect an increase in prices on the order of 70’s Fender Basses if a second or 3rd generation might be interested. The question is, where are they going to use them?
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  16. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Never underestimate the power of nostalgia.

  17. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    “Come back” as if they ever left
  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Is that a sock puppet on a mic stand?
  19. HP Hovercraft

    HP Hovercraft Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2022
    With this and the return of Sunn, it's a whole new (old) era
  20. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    No it’s old ugly socks I would never use to protect my nitro instruments on el cheapo rubber stands.
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