Christmas gift idea. Which would you choose??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rev. Cornelius, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. Rev. Cornelius

    Rev. Cornelius Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    My wife was looking for ideas for a gift to give me for Christmas. As a Coppolo LG-5 is probably out of the question I was thinking of the following:

    A Sansamp RBI or RPM, or a Bass Pod XT.

    I currently use a Demeter HBP-1H pre amp, QSC power amp, and Epi UL2x10 and 1x15.

    I also have a small recording setup w/Garageband, Mackie 824's Presonus Firepod, etc.

    And, is the Bass Pod Pro really worth the difference in price over the Bass Pod XT (bean).

    Thanks and Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rev. C
  2. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I'd say RBI out of the three. if you use it with you demeter I don't know if it will degrade the sound, but it will give you interesting tonal changes as well as a soft overdrive...just stay away from too much "presence" and maybe no more that 60% blend...
  3. Rev. Cornelius

    Rev. Cornelius Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Rev, I know a lot of people like the Sansamp and Line 6 stuff, but I don't think I could bring myself to plug it into a Demeter preamp. It's been my experience that it does degrade the tone of a clear-sounding rig like yours. If you're looking for some effects to play with, I'd try them (I'd lean more toward the Pod in that case), but if you're looking to reinforce your clean tone with the Demeter, you'd be better off with a $200 dbx compressor rather than ruin the sound of that killer preamp with a multi-effects unit.
  5. mkrtu9


    Mar 2, 2006
    sansamp....wish i had mine back
  6. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Not a Pod. I've had 3 of them and never keep them.
    The Demeter is a sweet pre. I'd get an RBI as a variety option for your tone.
  7. JOE EDO


    Aug 28, 2007
    Central New York
    Sansamp! Very useful pre/effect unit with may options for mixing in signals from other pieces of gear. I own 2 RBI's and looking to get the RPM (maybe the wife will see this thread?)
  8. That's a sweet rig. Why get another preamp to mess with the sound? I'd just ask for a few effects pedals instead.
  9. Rev. Cornelius

    Rev. Cornelius Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Boston, MA


    Leave the computer on and open to this thread. Maybe she'll get the idea!!
  10. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    does the demeter have an effects loop?? put the RBI in there or start ANOTHER RIG..!!! :hyper:
  11. amos


    Oct 23, 2003
    SE Portland Oregon
    lol I'll be happy to get strings, bass setup, a new tuner, and maybe a new gramma pad or something if i'm lucky...folly of being broke
  12. Rev. Cornelius

    Rev. Cornelius Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Well, with the RBI I could leave the Demeter at home in the recording rack, and use the RBI live.

    On the other hand, I have had good luck recording guitar with a POD. I know they don't sound great by themselves, but I seem to be able to make them sit in a mix pretty well.

    On the third hand, I should probably hear both before buying........


    Rev. C
  13. Matt in Jerzey

    Matt in Jerzey Guest

    Feb 3, 2007
    I've had both the POD and POD XTs and liked them at first, then sold them in favor of something more natural sounding. I could always hear the processing from the Line 6. I went to a HUghes and Kettner Fortress, and the sound opened up a lot. I'm currently using a Sansamp RPM, and I love the darker tone and the sweepable mid is very usefull for getting different tones. Also the drive is more agressive than the rbi, not sure if thats your thing, but thought I'd mention it. I'll be getting an RBI to go with the RPM soon.