Did you ever combine gear by accident and bullseye your dreamsound?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by el murdoque, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Some weird thing happened to me today. Regular rehearsal was cancelled (singer was sick),
    so one of the gui****s and me, who do most of the songwriting met with the drummer to work on some unfinished stuff.
    I was too lazy to bring all my stuff, so i just grabbed the bass i felt like playing and went off.
    I left my Tonehammer head at home, because i had the Little Mark sitting in the rehearsal den.
    So, without any aim in mind, more or less out of laziness i used my aggie GS212 cabs with my Markbass LMII and my Ibanez BTB686sc - and was in tonal heaven. The whole rig sounded so crisp. The lows were so punchy and clear - no mud at all. I was really impressed because the Ibanez suddenly started being strong where i thought it weak.
    But i guess this is a rather normal thing to happen since i took a perfectly good bass, head and cabs and just combined them in a way i've never done before.
    What 'accidents' made you reach your tonal goals?
  2. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Happens more than you'd think.

    I put an Ampeg SVT3PRO with 2 Mesa Boogie EV cabs. They sounded so good I gigged them for nearly 10 years.

    My Thunderfunk and Epifani 410 sounded great.

    I can't claim any credit for discovering the TH500 and CN212 pairing but I'm glad I checked out that suggestion.
  3. Am on edge about pairing the Aguilar tone hammer head with one of the smaller markbass traveler or ney York cabs sight and sound unseen. I can only hope they work well together. Anyone tried this combination?
  4. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011
    once I started practicing more and out of nowhere I began to sound better :rolleyes:
  5. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    Yes there are many more interesting speaker and amp combinations available to those that mix brands than those that don't.:)
    For instance, old Eden 10" LXT cabs sound amazing with big old all tube amps, even though Eden didn't offer a tube amp at all, back when they came out.
  6. Back when I was in highschool one of the teachers had an epifani Ps400 paired with an eden 210 xlt. It was absolutely amazing.
  7. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    After two rehearsals spent fighting against the Ampeg SVT350T at a local rehearsal studio, I brought my 100RB and plugged it into the fridge. They complimented each other perfectly.
  8. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yes, the joys of the mix-n-match, and more specifically, the "accidental mix-n-match!" Fun stuff! Lots of stories along these lines. First one that comes to mind is my '73 SVT into a pair of EA VL-210's. Kind of a "what the heck" experiment, but man, what a "wall of awesome" kinda sound! Phil Maneri gigged his SVT into VL-208's for years, and claims he never sounded better.

    Another fun "just for kicks" mix was a little GK MB200 on top of an SVT-810e. That is a totally giggable setup!
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  9. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Not so much with bass gear, but it happens all the time when I'm messing around with my MS20M analog synth. I have no idea what I'm doing with it and so happy accidents happen all of the time. The downside is they're often unrepeatable.
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  10. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    Lol, I've played in a couple bands were i discovered my same old bass rig suddenly sounded way better everytime one of the 2 guitarist didn't show up...

    I think that mighta been how the power trio was invented :cool:
  11. Once long ago I picked up an Ampeg B-15 from a repair shop and headed over to a regular gig where I was able to store my Ampeg B-100R. I had the idea to run them both for that night and it was amazing. It only happened that one night though as I didn't like to haul the B-15 out of the house.

    A few weeks ago I was playing a reggae gig where I used an Aguilar Tone Hammer preamp into a Crown power amp into an Avatar TB153. I was getting a little bit of distortion in the first set so between sets I hooked up my backup head and cabinet, an old GK400RB into a Glasstone Lil G. It was pretty amazing sounding, loud, low, and very clear. I plan on doing that again this coming weekend.
  12. Interceptor


    Mar 29, 2005
    Madison, WI
    I'm happy happy happy with the tone I'm getting out of a GK MB500 into a pair of Ampeg SVT210AV cabinets.

    A few years ago, the band I was in started doing acoustic level rehearsals. The guitarist used an acoustic, and all the vocals were un mic'd. At the time, my main rig was either a DI into FOH or a Thunderfunk + Fearful. I felt the urge to pick up something inexpensive and small to take to rehearsals. Traded a bass for a first gen MB500 - which also was intended as a back up to the Thunderfunk. Ran into a deal here for a pair of the Ampeg cabs at a price I couldn't refuse. I used the GK and one of the Ampegs as intended, and got along well with it. I did use the GK and both the Ampegs a few times in small rooms and liked it. This was all with my five string.

    Fast forward to the present. I'm in a different band now, and have gone back to four strings. Did a series of gigs trying everything I own gear wise. The first time I ran my current four string with the GK + Ampeg rig it became obvious it worked really well.
  13. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    No, it's never happened. Every choice has been calculated, based on graphs, measurement, and calculations.
    ...and by that I mean every combination has been random or guesswork the first time.
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  14. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    Any MarkBass head will sound great with ANY Aguilar 12" cab. I had the same results with the MarkBass SA450 & TA503 with the GS212 & db212
  15. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Yeah, well - for me it was a fun discovery because i was kind of disappointed with the handling of the low end of the Ibanez.
    I put it down to spoiled ears - i mostly play my Dreizehnbass custom that has fanned frets and top notch electronics - and told myself that a bass with a street price well below a thousand can not compete with a custom that's easily three times' the price.
    So i was quite surprised to find that with another head, the Ibanez really started to shine.
  16. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    I got an unexpectedly great tone (for what I do anyway, hehe!) recently when I was doing some home recording in a pinch. Bass->Tonehammer (pedal)->Sansamp BDDI->Interface. I always go through my head but the Aguilar-infused DI tone came out great. I rarely use my Tone Hammer but I found that I can get it voiced pretty similar to how I dial my Bass 400, although it lacks the aggressive detail and has a smoother vibe overall.

    Example raw/unmixed: Aguilar->Sansamp (DI)
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  17. eban3

    eban3 Suspended Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    Palm Bay FL
    yeah years ago trace elliot head with an swr 4 x 10 cab ....sound was lush at the time
  18. I brought my Fender P with flats in a Fender Rumble 100 out to a Amp Modeling pedal out to FOH
    I usually adjust the amp and pedal when I switch from Rounds to Flat but I didn't have time out of the blue we threw in Running Down a dream which I add a little solos during the ending normally use one of my roundwound strung basses for this and amp and pedal adjusted but I just went with it and it was just killer and guess what I haven't been able to get that tone again yet???? the planets and stars aligned for tonal magic that night

  19. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
    Not to doubt any ephipanies found by combining gear - but sometimes I think this kind of revelation can be room specific.
    You might find you love your tone in the comfort of your studio - but if you gig with the same odd combo in a noisy or large room full of people you might find that all the goodness you heard in your studio has vanished.

    I am still trying to fathom why my rig sounds clearer and better with the addition of a Sansamp Paradriver?
    It seems to clear up midrange artifacts at gigs but at home it doesn't sound so great.
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  20. Edgar664


    Mar 12, 2009
    Some weeks ago I played in a bar where the owener told me they had a "big cabinet for bass" and an ampeg head, it turned out to be the ampeg SVT-3 and an ampeg 8x10. Hesitant because I know I'm not an ampeg fan I brought my GK 400RBII, which is my backup head, to the gig. I hooked my GK with the fridge and it was amazing, I could get so many classic tones and with my spector in hands I felt like I was in the 80's rocking out! I definetly could hear where the magic in the GK/Ampeg combination is. Thanks to that gig I'm seriously thinking about getting two ampeg 4x10...
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