First full all tube experiece gave me GAS

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dennish83377, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. dennish83377


    Nov 3, 2005
    I tried a Eden vt300b via an Eden 215xlt this weekend and was floored. Big fat sound with good clarity. Good for my style of rock. The rig was parked next to a Aggie 7## (don't remember the number) all tube amp into a Bergantino 410 which I also tried. Without doing much knob twisting the Eden rig was more suitable to my ears.

    I think I can get the rig for $1700 USD. Should I jump on it w/o having tried out the other all tube options out there?

    I currently have hartke3500 via a hartke 210 and a carvin18". Main bass is CarvinLB75. I've always been a plug and play kind of guy but lately have been trying to get a better tone. A Sansamp DI has helped my rig but the hartke is going back in the shop because its tube preamp channel is farting.

    Sorry for the long, first-time post.

  2. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    I'd say $1700 is a decent price for the head and the cab. But look around; try more heads such as the Mesa 400+, the Fender Bassman 300 Pro, even an (ugh) Ampeg SVT-CL, and a true vintage SVT if you can find one.
  3. getz76


    Apr 3, 2005
    Hoboken, NJ
    The Eden VT300B is usually priced north of $2,000 new. If you could get the set for less than that, I'd say it is a good deal. If you liked the sound and it is a bargain, then it is a great deal.
  4. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    The VT-300B is a very good tube head, but I caution you now on the use of the footswitch. I invariably get some very nasty sounds whenever I try to use it - which is unfortunate, as I really like some of the features that are only accessable on the footswitch. There are some heads that I like better, but the Eden is up there, for sure. It's forte is the ability to deliver a variety of usable overdriven tones at a variety of volumes.

    BTW, where did you hear a Bergantion 4x10? To the best of my knowledge such an animal does not exist (though Jim did design the prototype Sadowsky 4x10 currently floating around the Japanese circuit).

  5. dennish83377


    Nov 3, 2005
    My bad.. it was the 322.

    thanks for you feedback on the footswitch.

  6. Ampeg SVT-II (non pro's) can be found pretty cheaply :)
  7. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Mmmm.. All tube....

    My 359 gave me the same type of feeling the first time I heard it.

  8. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Check out the 400+ or a vintage SVT. I used to think that there wasnt much difference between the vintage SVT and the modern SVT CL amps untill I heard a 70's SVT in action.

    Its a huge difference.
  9. popinfresh


    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    Be quick to look around at other tube amps..

    That's a good deal IMO.
  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
    Great cab!