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Check out my new rig! Epi/Trace/Stewart

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by junglebike, Jul 15, 2003.


  1. junglebike

    junglebike Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    FINALLY I have it all together, along with my new G&L L-1000 that just came in an hour ago (with dead flatwounds:( gotta go string shopping before I can review this daddy)

    Yeah, this rig just kills! I got it for about a grand, too! Old school fuzztones to popping fretless stuff with a couple of knob flicks. I am a very happy man... can't wait to gig this thing! Friday I've got a show at a small local venue (~70 seats). I'll have to use some restraint not to blow the doors off...
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  2. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    sweet! if there ever was a 2x12 to destroy all other 2x12's, its the Epifani... :bassist:
     
  3. sounds like a good rig...but i cant see the pic :(
     
  4. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Very nice rig! Pound for pound, that baby should hold its own against about anything. Well, at least until Nick starts putting out ultra light 12's... :D

    Enjoy!

    Tom.
     
  5. nice looking rig. I may eventually go with Epifani myself. What type of D.I. box is in the picture? Let us know how it sounds for your gig.
     
  6. junglebike

    junglebike Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Thanks guys! That's a Sansamp BDDI on top, next to a cheapie tuner. I haven't run it through the effects loop yet, but I may go that route in the future if I need a severely distorted tone...

    mmm... ultralight Epifani 12's... :D

    It's not too bad, at 70lbs. I think that's about what an Eden 2x10 weighs! And the rack weighs under 20lbs!!! God love Stewart... just hope it doesn't break on me. Eventually I might upgrade to a Peavey DPC-1400. I don't trust Stewart totally.
     
  7. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Tasty!

    I need to know more about stewart... what are the issues? I'm thinking about going that route, just need info tho....
     
  8. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    DC
    The one rackspace models don't have a cooling fan, and there are accounts of people having their amp shut down on them due to overheating.
     
  9. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    I'm on the site right now, so the 1.6 & 2.1 have fans.

    Would they be worth the risk or do you suggest something else that would better for the price and durability?
     
  10. junglebike

    junglebike Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Well, The Peavey DPC is reportedly more durable, but it's badly overpriced. Like $900 or something silly like that

    I'm nervous about having Stewart in my rack. I've been trying to buy a used one for a while, and have been sent no less than 3 non-working units (2x1.2 and PA1400) before I got this one. I think they may have serious durability problems. On the other hand, MANY TB-ers have used them with no problems.

    Regarding the 1U units, standard advise is to think of the 1.2 as a 6-800W poweramp with some extra headroom and you'll be okay. If you run it full tilt for long periods of time without extra cooling you're asking for trouble. I'm hoping I can use every bit of my 600 (found it for $200! Couldn't afford the 1.2).
     
  11. marc40a

    marc40a

    Mar 20, 2002
    Boston MA
    Bro....

    I'd use short thumbscrews to fasten the Stewart in the rack for transport and then pop it out and rest it on top of the bag when playing gigs for maximimum breathability.
     
  12. Regarding the Stewart 600 ... be very careful in bridged mode, they are notorious for shutting down with 4 ohm loads.

    Stereo mode is fine.
     
  13. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    Durability is a big deal for me... My cover gigs are usually 4-5 hours each. I take it, the Stweart's are the way for me... I might want to go Josh Walsh's Route. I really liked the Alembic F1X with the Crown... Too bad I don't own the Crowns anymore.
     
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    Durability is a big deal for me... My cover gigs are usually 4-5 hours each. I take it, the Stweart's are the way for me... I might want to go Josh Walsh's Route. I really liked the Alembic F1X with the Crown... Too bad I don't own the Crowns anymore.
     
  15. junglebike

    junglebike Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Grr... didn't know about that. My epi 2x12 is 4ohms. :eek:

    Well, my next few gigs are pretty small places, so I shouldn't be pushing it hard.

    Why am I so obsessed with 1u poweramps? Maybe I need to bite the bullet and get a QSC PLX.

    Peavey's DPC: retail = $1200 new!!! I think it's fair to call that overpriced! Really -- you can get a whole lot of amplifier for $1200...

    I guess if it's gotta be 1u, there aren't too many other choices, though (unless you can deal with potential thermal shutdown...

    BTW, I'm using this Mesa Boogie rack bag that seems to be designed perfectly for convection cooled equipment. It's got substantial venting built into the bottom and sides, and it's light as a feather too!
     
  16. Better give your new rig a thorough workout before the gig! If bridge mode is a problem at 4 ohms, you might be able to wire your 2x10 cabinet in stereo (one channel for each driver).
     
  17. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    well,

    some things to keep in mind:

    the stewart will shutdown without sufficient airflow. as long as you have it in a 3 space case with a space open underneath, with a fan blowing, it'll last for a good while, even near a full powered bore. but if you're pushing the full 1200 watts @ 4ohms for at least an hour, it will get REALLY hot! i use mine purely for the headroom, and on my lower volume gigs. most times, i'm only at 3-4 on my Kern's master volume.

    alot of guys who have had them shutdown, like yours truly, were prolly using them in a 2 space rack, where there was NO air flow. bad news.

    also, the Stewart is noticible lighter than the peavey. the peavey maybe be one space, but its a good deal heavier than the featherweight Stewart.

    and be prepared for the fan when using the peavey on a relatively low volume gig like jazz or acoustic stuff. strangely, it does get a bit loud.
     
  18. sricabla

    sricabla

    Jul 4, 2003
    San Francisco
    I'm using the Stewart 1.2 with an Alembic F2B.
    I read all the posts of people having problems with overheating.When I first got it I made sure I
    drilled some holes on the sides of my rack where the heat sinks are and left 1 rack space open on top of it; so far I have not run into any thermal shutdowns. I run it in bridged mode with 1 Low B2 with the amp setting no more than 11 o'clock and it's been a trouper for me. As for reliability, I haven't dropped my rack yet...but one day I probably will and then I'll see.
     
  19. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    ive heard people having the same shutdown problems with the bigger stewarts when bridging at 4 ohms.