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Genz Shuttle 9.0 vs Tecamp Puma 900

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by CQC6, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. CQC6


    Dec 22, 2010
    Hello All,

    I was wondering about the Puma 900.
    I currently play a Genz Shuttle 9.0 with a Bergantion AE410.
    It sounds good, but I'm digging the sound samples of the Puma.
    Just wondering if it's worth it to change up this rig?
    Also wondering how the AE410 would sound with the Puma 900?

    My bass is a Roscoe LG3005.

    Any opinions welcome.
    Thanks All!
  2. I can't speak for the shuttle 9.0, but if it's anything like the Shuttle 3.0 or Shuttlemax 6.0, I would totally go for the Puma. To my ear, the shuttle series is a bit sterile and lifeless, kinda the epitome of the stereotype of class D amps. The Puma, however, is a different animal. It's very clear, but not overtly sterile and actually has a bit of nice warmth to it. I've been GAS free in the amp department for over a year and counting! Plus, you can't been German quality and engineering. ;)
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  3. CQC6


    Dec 22, 2010
    Thanks Namuxtree!
  4. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    The 9.0 is different from the 3.0 and 6.0. HPF setting I believe are different. They weren't trying to protect small cabinets with the 9.0. JFYI

    IMO, sterile and lifeless is hardly how I would describe the 9.0. Not even close.

    I've posted this link too many times, but this is with 9.0 and no FOH. That's the 9.0 you are hearing. NOT sterile and lifeless. Sheesh.

  5. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    I don't think any Genz Benz amps are sterile. They don't color your sound, but it's not sterile and lifeless. No one would use them if they were.
  6. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I owned a Shuttle 9.0 and it's a great amp. It replaced my Markbass LMII which I had used for quite some time. I also owned a Streamliner 900 and found I preferred the Shuttle and let the Streamliner go.

    I've owned Pumas for a couple of years after considering them for some time. They're my favorite amp to date - great tone, form factor, and versatility with the taste control.
  7. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I've never had the opportunity to play through a Puma, so I can't compare. I will say though, that I liked my Shuttle 9.0 so much that I snagged a second one as a backup. Love the tone, and would hardly call it "sterile-sounding". Oh and Bucephylus, your bass playing in that song you posted sounds great. Tasteful, and makes the song IMO.
  8. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Thanks Jeff; appreciate your kind comments.

    I wish that band was still around. I loved playing with that drummer.
  9. Artobass


    Jan 21, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Genz Benz amps "Sterile and lifeless"? Not in my experience.
  10. Well said...vocalist werent bad either ;)
  11. CQC6


    Dec 22, 2010
    Thanks for the comments all.

    I like the Genz, but I think I want to try a Puma 900.
    I think I will keep whichever one I like least for a backup.
    Both seem to be great with more then enough power for any gig.

    Thanks again!