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Darkglass Microtubes 900 Class D Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Spector2112, Jan 20, 2016.


  1. Spector2112

    Spector2112

    Jan 7, 2011
    Michigan
    Spotted on Instagram just now. Screenshot_2016-01-20-08-06-00-1.

    No specs yet.

    *EDIT - full text from Facebook

    Darkglass Electronics
    Compact. Light. On a class of its own.

    Since bassists adopted them, class D amplifiers were seen as convenient version of much bigger and heavier, yet better sounding, amps.

    Most musicians were happy with compromising sound and power by saving money, weight and space.

    So a year ago we set ourselves up to end these compromises.

    We wanted the best sounding amplifier period: louder, more versatile and articulate. It just happens to be one of the lightest, most compact and elegantly designed bass amplifiers out there. Fully designed and built in Finland.

    We present you the Microtubes 700."
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
  2. Daz JP

    Daz JP

    Aug 12, 2014
    You beat me to it. Looks purty.
     
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  3. I dont think "small" amps have been a compromise for a long time. I am happy to see them jumping in with what looks to be a great offering though.
     
  4. Peke

    Peke

    Jun 7, 2008
    Parainen, Finland
    I'm interested!
     
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  5. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Wonder how much....
     
  6. Daz JP

    Daz JP

    Aug 12, 2014
    Hah - it'll cost a fortune. £799 at least I reckons. Still, shiny...
     
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  7. gunkle

    gunkle Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2002
    Here's a higher resolution photo from Facebook for our speculating needs.

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  8. gunkle

    gunkle Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2002
    One notable feature is the B3K/VMT switch. Another is that according to the Facebook post "clean and drive can be engaged remotely via footswitch". This has the potential to simplify my signal path.
     
  9. Spector2112

    Spector2112

    Jan 7, 2011
    Michigan
    Thanks, I was just about to update it on my original post, now I don't need to!
     
  10. johndb

    johndb Bass is the Place! Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Illinois
    I have way too many amps, but I really like this. Following this...
     
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  11. I am Soma

    I am Soma Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    MN
    so awesome. wonder if its rackable
     
  12. bebass

    bebass Sho Me Music Commercial User

    Sep 3, 2006
    Bolivar, Missouri
    ShoMeMusic.com; Authorized dealer for Bergantino, Dingwall, Darkglass, Genzler, Phil Jones Bass, Quilter, Blackstar, Cort, Traynor, and other
    I agree. There are several small amps from many different manufacturers many of us have been enjoying for quite some time and they certainly didn't feel compromised to me.
    I have a friend checking this one out at NAMM. Don't expect to see these really soon is what I was told by USA distributor; not sure if they really know any details yet.
     
  13. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Looks like I'm starting a new rig! That b3k/vmt switch is a fantastic idea!!
     
  14. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I told myself no more amps in 2016!
     
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  15. AciDBatH666

    AciDBatH666

    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    I've been really thinking about this since I saw it when I woke up this morning. It looks like Doug's got the B7K Ultra pedal setup in an amp basically. It looks like there's 2 sides (like the pedals). The 4 band EQ with new switches for the mids (B7KU), and a Master Volume control on the right side... I'm assuming the Gain is part of the EQ

    The left side is like the distortion setup of the pedals with the Level/Blend/Drive and Tone. That tone is what I'm trying to figure out. the B3K/VMT switch is pure money. I can't make out the switch on the left.

    For me, this may have some uses. I run a GK MB800 Fusion so I've got tons of power in a 1U rack space. Most of my default tone goes between a Clean drive B7K and a Dirty B3K cranked up. This amp has the potential of eliminating all of my pedals that define my overdrive, leaving just effects on my pedalboard.
    This is really a tough call. If I didn't have a Darkglass setup on the floor this amp would be a no brainer... But this really makes me analyze if I want to simplify or not. Either way, SCREW YOU DOUG! Lol
    I am glad that I held out on the B7KU now. But I think I still may have this amp by the end of the year.
     
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  16. murphy

    murphy

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Hmmm...Club Bass is my Dark Glass dealer
    non American made....so US dollar price might not kill pricing
    Maybe this will be affordable in Canada????
     
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  17. jp58

    jp58

    Dec 9, 2009
    Tennessee
    This is definitely interesting to me. I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm making rig decisions later this year. I only with I could see what all was on the back panel.
     
  18. NeonVomit

    NeonVomit

    Jan 29, 2013
    London, UK
    A class D 700w amp with the footswitchable B3K sound built in? This is big. I'm in the market for a class D amp specifically for touring.
     
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  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    WHERE ARE THE SPECS
     
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