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Essential Rack Equipment!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by streamerstii, Jul 7, 2003.


  1. I am ordering a SWR Workingman's 4004 head with 4x10t cabinet. Along with it i will also add a furman power conditioner and korg rackmount tuner. What else could be useful to put in a rack along with the equipment, (crossovers, eqs, effects,) I also will have my sennheiser wireless in there.
    -Ryan :bassist: Thanks
     
  2. Schwinn

    Schwinn

    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    Looks like you got the essentials! I'm not a big fan of effects, but if you got space, a compressor or eq is the only thing I'd suggest.

    What size rack do you have?
     
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Depending on the size of the rack, a shockmounting system could prove useful. Underwire is the most common, but there are others. YMMV.
     
  4. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Screws. Trust me. Don't find this out the hard way.;) :p :D
     
  5. I think the 4004 only has 1 rack space...

    :confused:
     
  6. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    He's right you know ! I blagged a big bag of about 30 screws and captive nuts in readiness for the arrival of my rack. Then by the time my rack arrived I couldn't remember where I'd put them. DOH!
     
  7. mikemulcahy

    mikemulcahy

    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Anything with lots of buttons and flashing lights. Looks really cool.;) :p :D


    Mike
     
  8. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Rackmount tuners are nice. Other than that I just have a power amp and preamp in my rack - big racks may look good onstage but they're a pain to move. I'm currently downsizing from 6 spaces and 70lbs to 4 spaces and 35lbs and am so looking forward to being able to move my rig without swearing continuously.

    Alex
     
  9. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    When you say size of the rack, would a big one be 8-space or 34GG?
     
  10. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    It is now! ;)

    Tom.
     
  11. I'll be buying a musiciansfriend 6 space rack (cause its just as expensive as the SKB, but looks alot cooler)if anyone needs a rack you should check one of these out, an 8 space is only 90 dollars u.s. Compared to a road ready which costs something like 180?
    -Ryan:bassist:
     
  12. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Ryan - Think black fiberglass looks cool? I got a CNB from Rondo Music. Then again, maybe silver isn't your cup of tea. But mine is built like a tank.

    The 8-space CNB (and their other racks) is/are the same pricing as the Musicians Fiend racks - $90 -

    [​IMG]
     
  13. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    I have a rackcase remarkably like this and they are NOT good. They weigh much more than SKB or Gator cases (which may not seem to matter when empty but it will once you've got all the gear in it), are less strong (it's not hard to put a hole straight through the fibreboard) and the handles aren't very comfortable.

    I can't understand why you're getting a 6 space rack if you're just putting a 2 space head plus some accessories in it, especially as cheap Furman power conditioners are just glorified power strips and I really wouldn't bother with one. Rackmount tuners are nice though, very useful IMO.

    However, if you forego the rackcase, tuner and power conditioner you could spend that money on getting a better amp, like one of the SWR Pro series ones.

    Alex
     
  14. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    If you want flashy lights in your rackmount get one of these

    [​IMG]

    I picked on up from ebay for practically nothing. I bi-amp with the bass running through one channel and the mid/top through the other so its a nice way of see-ing how 'balanced' the outputs are.

    Who am I kidding - its just flashy lights :)
     
  15. Nice! By the way RickBass thats a very very cool case, i think i'll have to pick one up. I found an SWR 350x to go with it, used for a good price. And =^..^= what exactly does it do, and what is it called, its pretty cool!!
    -Ryan
    :bassist:
     
  16. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I'll never tell. :)
     
  17. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    If you decide that having a big, sexy looking rack is just downright superficial and inconvenient, you could do like me... my SWR SM-900 is mounted in a 2 space box that carries like a briefcase (albeit a heavy one). My pocket tuner stands upright on top with the aid of velcro and can be carried in my cord bag or in back of the rack during transit. Simple. Effective. Groovy.

    :)
     
  18. Umm Preamp and Poweramp? :smug: