Dream Rigs Pt. 987---and tell us why

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JimmyM, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Changed the title to be more user friendly to a wider range of people. Too bad...I like to say, "spitballing." Sounds dirty!

    If you had an unlimited amount of money to put together your dream amp rig and didn't have to move it or hook it up yourself so weight or ease of setup wouldn't be a consideration, what would it be? I'll go first:

    Warwick Hellborg preamp
    Summit tube compressor in loop
    TC Stereo Flanger/Chorus in loop
    Lexicon MPX-1 Stereo Processor in loop



    Markbass Little Mark II with reduced mids and highs
    Morley volume pedal
    Warwick Hellborg Hi Cab 2-12"
    Warwick Hellborg Lo Cab 15"


    Ampeg SVT CL with reduced low end set to fairly high gain to give it a slight edge but retain a clean sound when I don't need distortion
    2 Markbass Standard 104HR 4-10"s
    Keeley-modded ProCo Rat II pedal
    Electro-Harmonix Zipper envelope filter
    Morley volume pedal

    Then I'd DI the Warwick, MB and SVT post EQ and loop, mic both Warwick cabs and one MB cab, and take up 6 channels of real estate into the PA and electrify audiences with the most overkilling wall of sound since Tim Commerford!

    I will be thinking of this rig lustily while I do my gig tonight on my MB MiniCMD121P combo DI'd with no effects ;)

    EDIT: Please add some detail about why these are your dream rigs. Anyone can name off products. I want to know WHY you chose them.
  2. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Mines fairly easy, as it'd be what I'd like to build, but only if I didn't have to move it.

    Speaker / Amps:
    LF: 2x 18Sound 18ND9300 in a sealed cab, Adjustable Linkwitz Transform to get desired room response. Big SS poweramp, Quest QA4004
    MB: JBL 2227H sealed cab, driven by 150W tubeamp
    MF: 18S 10NDA610, driven by 50W version of MB tube amp
    HF: Radian 850PB on 2" oblate speroid, driven by 18W tube amp.

    All of the above driven by a driverack or BSS.

    Preamp: Combined version of my tube design and discrete FET, switchable/blendable channels. Alembic SF2 and TC Electronic G-Major in each FX loop. All of this would have a custom midi controller so at the push of a button everything would adjust to the correct settings for a given song.
    Peterson Strobe tuner.

    Three very fit, toned and highly sexed ladies who are totally besotted with me. Preferably experts in martial arts and firearms. One who looks like Monica Belluci, one like Roselyn Sanchez and the other like Aya Ueto.
  3. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Beautiful driver! Talk about sensitvity too. Been toying with a large sealed box midrange for that one myself and thinking of getting a cheaper tube power amp for it.

    Better get the more expensive driverack stuff, because this Peavey VSX 26 just smokes the Driverack PA.

    I suppose I could share. But the plane tickets are on you.
  4. BassyBill

    BassyBill Still here Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
  5. Mesa 400+
    Mesa Powerhouse Cab
    A/B box for clean and gain channel

  6. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    3 Genz Benz 6X10 cabinets might be fun to go with my 400PS, but the cabs I have now are great. Not having to move or set up would be plenty.
  7. olaff421

    olaff421 Guest

    Sep 29, 2006
    Murfreesboro TN
    Mesa/Boogie Titan V-12 pushing two Accugroove Whappo Grande cabs. Then I would slave a big power amp capable of 2 ohms from the Titan and push 2 Bergantino NV610's and 2 NV215's. That's just the amp part of it, I don't even want to get into the FX and bass part.
  8. Willem


    Dec 26, 2005
    Trace elliot hexavalve with NV610 and NV215 and ampeg V4 with NV610. Big clean tube tone, with awesome edge to it!
    4 and 5 string P basses.
    X2 wireless!
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Wow, I'm bummed. I thought more people would want to discuss their dream rigs. On the other hand, a lot of you have probably already put together your dream rigs.

    BTW, for the first time, I did miss having my dream rig on my gig tonight as opposed to my MB 12" combo. But I think it was more because I was playing pretty high volume 70's music on a P copy with new strings (I think I'm not going to change strings on it anymore), and I lost that fatness of the P that I like in that amp. It also could be because I should have gone through the PA like everyone else, but it was a small PA and I didn't want to blow it with an uncompressed bass signal. Plus bass just sounds better coming out of two drivers instead of one. So even though my setup sounded pretty good, it just missed for me tonight.
  10. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Or maybe they don't have any real idea what they're dream rig might be unless it's a std/classic like an SVT+810.

    I'd be happy with a Yorkville U215 and my Yamaha SS amp, if I could have the pre and the integrated switching for FX etc. The rest I mentioned because I'm a nerd and like to build stuff.
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Thank God for you nerds who like to build stuff. I'm a nerd and I can't build a sandcastle. And not that I'd ever build cabs, but this business of building and tuning cabs for different speakers really intrigues me.

    Someone who designs speakers for a company called it an "exact science," and I thought it was all trial and error. I have no clue where to even begin learning about it, though. Everyone talks about this and that speaker as being no good for this or that type of cabinet, and for the first time ever in my life, I'd kind of like to know why. So if anyone has any cab tuning 101 websites they'd like to turn me onto, please do!
  12. Willem


    Dec 26, 2005
    I think this thread ain't more alive is because of the weird thread title. If you read it, you have no clue what it's about and a lot of people won't even open it.

    Besides there is already a dream rig thread by phunky phat man
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You may be right. Spitballing is an American slang term and everyone else doesn't seem to know what it means. Apologies.
  14. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    The low frequency tuning is an exact science doe to the processing power of puters and work in the 70's by a couple of guys called Thiele and Small. However, if you're looking for the driver to impart a certain 'tone', then that can be a bit of trial and error, but an understanding of what's going on can speed that.

    I haven't found a lot of sites that are really helpful, but I'm sure they're out there. Vance Dickason's book is excellent, but a bit of a hard read technically.

    If you'd like, give me a design spec for a cab you'd like to own and I'll do a step by step with pics and links to try to show how I go through the process and explain the technicalities. Probably not until tomorrow as I need some sleep.
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    How did that Hellborg sound when you played it?
  16. ModestCargo

    ModestCargo Guest

    Sep 21, 2005
    Alberta, Canada
    Fender American Std. Jazz Bass (I'll have one soon enough)

    If size and price aren't an issue:
    Ampeg SVT head + 8x10" cab

    Considering size and what I have already:
    David Eden WT-600 Road Runner (have)
    Bag End D12-D 2x12" (have)
    Bag End S15B-D 1x15" (want)
  17. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    2 X Genz Benz GBE 1200 amps on top of
    2 X Genz Benz neoX 212T cabs on top of
    2 X Dr. Bass 215 neo cabs
    and I'll stick with my USA Peavey Millennium 5 plus

  18. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Inactive

    Dec 20, 2006
    Four Eden D212XLT's, one stack on each side of the drumset
    Two WT800C's bridged into these cabs
    X2 Digital Wireless system with two transmitters, for main and backup basses

    But I'd consider two D610XLT's, if I could ever test drive one to see if I like it as much as my 212.
  19. Hookus

    Hookus Guest

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I was going to say an SVT+810, but after thinking about it, I realized there are a lot of things I really like about a lot of rigs.

    I actually like my V4+HT322 a WHOLE lot, sounds just killer.

    I love the vintage SVT sound about as much.

    Something about a GK head into SWR cabinets makes me want to leave home and be a fusion bassist.

    Playing through Mesa cabs was awesome (but dang heavy).

    I guess the point is, most people on here tend to go through some gear, and for me at least, There is not that one sound, there is that one sound for what you are looking for at the time.
  20. Asa Samuel

    Asa Samuel Guest

    Apr 9, 2007
    Cornwall, UK.
    Gallien-krueger 2001RB
    Two GK, Neo 412

    All black Fender p/j special.

    Good ol' grindy GK/fender goodness.