Club Trickfish!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Love my Trickfish amp! I've read that they also make awesome cabs too.

    No numbers here. Just post your Trickfish rig or questions or opinions.

    I've owned dozens of killer (mostly boutique) amps. The Trickfish.5K has the best tone of any thus far (pared with my PJB Pirahna 8x5). Just stellar. Mike Pope designed the preamp section on the Trickfish and it's just the best.

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  2. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Bumpski. I know there are at least a handful of Trickfish owners out there.
  3. Very interested in the Bullhead .5k. Can you eleborate on the tone?
    I checked the Bullhead 1K last year with my bass and cabs and thought it sounded great. A bit on the hi-fi side, but warm, very organic, full.
    I don't slap much, no need for a hi-fi tone, love some low mid / mid punch ala Gary Willis, Jaco, Victor Bailey.
    Does the .5k have some of that? Can it handle louder heavy rock stuff?
    Have you tested the DI-out? Studio - live?
  4. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    It's pretty damn loud! From what I've read, it's a tad bit warmer at higher volumes than the 1k due to the different output module.

    As for the DI, extremely clean!
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    I could buy one just for the logo :hyper:
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  6. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA

  7. revroy

    revroy Supporting Member

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    Quadzilla Supporting Member

  9. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks. It's tiger strip bamboo.

    Sounds great. Reminds me a bit of an old Euphonic Audio iAmp Pro I played for a while back in 2010, but with a better high pass filter implementation. There's also a bit of the old Tecamp Puma 1000 (from when they used Powersoft modules and had a wider frequency response than the current models), but with a much more pleasant top end. The top end in general is a little rolled off and smooth above 10khz, which is really pleasant on bass. Plenty of power on tap.

    The cabs are bigger sounding than my Bergantino HD210, which is the only cab I had on-hand for comparison, and the crossover to the tweeter seems to happen a slightly higher frequency. They're also pretty potent. I bought a pair of them for bigger gigs, but could get by with just one on a lot of gigs. One SM112 got noticeably louder than the Bergantino HD210, and did it while putting out more content in the sub-100hz range. The boxes are quite a bit larger, so that's not totally surprising.
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  10. revroy

    revroy Supporting Member

    to get myself back on topic... I don't own a Trickfish but checked them out a couple of different years at NAMM and they always impress. Indeed, if I wasn't playing a Genzler, I'd be using a Trickfish.
  11. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Their gear fills an interesting niche. It's relatively lightweight (6lbs head for the B1K, 33lbs cabs each for the SM112s), but not a very small form factor. The head reminds me of old school VCR dimensions, or something like a GK 1001RB with a smaller depth dimension and considerably less weight. The cabs are larger than my comparison pieces which were all Bergantino. So... Not micro, not macro... Mocro? Mucro? Mecro?

    For my needs I think they'll work well. I'm mostly doing corporate gigs these days where I setup quickly, but not in a rush, play all night, and then similarly tear down quickly but far from rushed. No other bands to contend with, no rushed load-ins, etc. For the non-corporate gigs I'm almost always playing at a venue with a house PA and could easily get by with just one of the cabs, so again, pretty easy.
  12. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I too like the larger form factor of the head (while still being light weight).
  13. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Ryan from Trickfish has a set of the new Tuki padded covers headed my way. One for my B1K and two for my SM112s. I’m excited to have transport protection for them.
  14. sonicyogi

    sonicyogi Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2005
    Love my Trickfish .5K head and cabs. Just added the 408 and new Tuki covers from Ryan.
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  15. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Speaking of Tuki covers...

  16. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    New Trickfish bass pre!

  17. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Any new Trickfish owners out here?
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  18. TF408 (long) review...

    First and foremost, I feel soooooo stupid! Been playing bass for over 25 years now and have never ever tried 8" cabinets before. Anyhow, I often check in with Tom Bowlus (gear reviewer of Bass Gear Magazine) every month or so to see if any new gear has come out and in particular this time if there were any new 410 cabs and he recommended I check out Trickfish gear among a few other manufacturers as he considered them to be top notch gear. Good enough for me! Long story short, I wanted a new 410 and after talking with Ryan at Trickfish and telling him what sound I was looking for, he recommended that I purchase the 408 and said that he thought I’d be impressed.

    I was very hesitant in trying out one because I felt that they wouldn’t give me the punch and especially the bass that I was accustomed too but what the heck I could return it if I didn’t like it and only had to cover the $60 bucks shipping so I gave her a try. To set the stage, the head and amp combo I used was a Mike Pope MPP-1 pre with a Lab Gruppen IPD2400 amp. The bass was a Fodera Imperial V. After hooking everything up, setting everything flat (bass and pre), I powered up. The first thing I noted was that my bass sounded totally different than with any other cabs.... more alive...wayyyy more punchier. I loving what I was hearing and I hadn’t even touched the eq yet. I could tell right off this was going to be special as normally with other cabs I would have to eq to get my tone which is normally a nice gritty finger tone that sets well in the mix.

    First thoughts...OMG why havent I even thought of using a 408 cab before? I’m thinking that 410 is as good as it gets as far as punch goes but boy was I wrong. Talk about quick and punchy! This cab absolutely punches through the mix like a hot knife thru room temperature butter! Looking back, I’ve should have known or suspected that 8" speakers would have given me what I needed because I once own some Phil Jones cabs with 5" speakers in them but although I had eighteen individual 5" speakers all playing at once they just couldn’t hold the "B" string like I needed in gospel and smooth jazz. The mids and highs were there and they cut nice but just wasn’t the total package for me. If I had one word to sum up this TF408 it would be the word "perfection," yup the perfect sound. Perfectly balanced amount of everything which allows it to set well in the mix. Does it move as much air as a 410? Absolutely not but it moves enough to be heard and to be heard even better than a 410.

    I think that I got use to 410’s allowing me to feel that rumble but I’m now realizing that feeling isn’t the same as being heard. You can feel bass but if the sound isn’t detailed enough then you won’t be heard especially when doing runs or solo/improve. Most 410 cabs can punch thru well but I find that they can be very bassy and even boomy at times. I also really don’t like mixing cabs either. I’ve tried 112 cabs with 210 but to me it effects the clarity and definition. The 112 often muddies up things for my style of music.

    I love a really gritty finger tone that has nice bark and weight to each note and normally to get the grit that I need I would have to put my Fodera into single coil mode and boost the mids to get that nice barking tone. And because of the initial tone I was hearing coming out of the cab I thought for sure the bass was in single coil mode. I was shocked to look down and see that it was still in dual coil mode but the cab had my Fodera sounding like it was already in single coil mode. When I switched to single coil the tone just got really ridiculous. I would say that I did have to turn down the treble after switching to single coil mode as the treble was way too much for my liking. Not harsh way too much but just too much. It did make me think of a local friend/bass player who would love to have heard and played it like that as it was more his tone. He loves it bright. The horn is really efficient and you don’t need to crank it.

    After turning the treble down I then added a bite of mids from my bass, keep in mind that everything was still flat on the MPP-1. OMG the tone I got from it sounded like a jazz bass on Steroids. Unbelievable tone! Moving on I then decided to see exactly how much bass this cab would hold so I turned up the bass way past what I would use during a gig and I hit the "B" string with some ferocious low notes and to my ignorant surprise it’s actually held without farting. I can gone on and on but I think I’ve said enough... I’m truly sold on first off using 8" speakers for my bass cab and secondly Trickfish who made this awesome cab. I would say that I love the fact that they used ceramics for this cab instead of neo’s. I may be wrong but I don’t think it would have sounded nearly as good with neo speakers. I would say that this cab has enough volume to a medium to medium-and-a-half gig and for me that’s 95% of my gigs. Maybe even a large gig because with this cab you can definitely be heard a lot better than any 410 I ever owned or any cabinet for that matter and I’ve owned a lot of them. Just great detailed clarity!

    I would liken this cabs volume to being that of a 310 so 2 of them would be like having a 610. Very portable and you can easily carry it with one hand and fit 2 of them on your back seat. I’ve added a picture that I found on the web comparing it to a Trickfish 410 and also pics of my actual TF408. I would like to also add that Ryan and Justin of Trickfish displayed great customer service, FedEx actually lost my TF408 for 6 days. It was suppose to deliver last Saturday but I just got it yesterday. They both stayed on the phone with Fedex until it was resolved and even offered to send me a new cab so I could have it before my next gig. Great customer service...but even better product! Oh I forgot...the construction of the cab is top notch...No flaws any where and believe me if there was I would have found it. I’m really anal when it come to my equipment. I think I see another TF408 coming in my near future...How’s next week!

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  19. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    So glad that you dig it! :thumbsup:
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    Today’s gig pic! OMG this cab absolutely kills! Guitar play and drummer both commented on how killer the tone sounded today. Cut through the mix like it wasn’t there. Sound can be describe as the bass being tight, mids barky and punchy, and treble smooth and very much present...just wonderful!

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