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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by tom wade, Oct 9, 2005.
are they any good?
Okay, to save you some possible grief, can you qualify "any good"?
Do you mean with respect to relative power, given its rating? Do you mean tone-wise and, if so, what kind of tone are you looking for? Do you mean features-wise and, if so, what features do you like in a head?
Also, what kind of setting are you wanting to use the head in? A rock band? Jazz band? Noodle around in living room? What kind of cab(s) are you planning to use in conjunction with it? What kind of basses?
As "yes" or "no" answer will tell you nothing. The more specific you are in terms of what you're looking for, the more specific the answers will be.
yes, i'd like somethin loud. tone-wise, i think anything will be a step up form what i have now. feature-wise, i've never owned a bass head/amp, so i wouldn't really know. i'm not in a band, and i just noodle around in my room, but, i still want it loud enough to hear over my drums. as far as cab(s), i was lookin at some avatar cabs, and i'm still open for suggestions as to what speaker sizes i should get...i'd mostly play a fender jazz bass, or precision bass... and as far as style of music, i like to play any and everything....
I used one of the old ones for a few years back in the early 90's...it was a good little head. I ended up upgrading to a Hartke 3500, which is close to the same thing with a bit more power.
I was finding that with the lows I wanted, and an 8ohm cab... I wasn't getting enough volume to compete with a 7 piece band. It was very sturdy and sounded decent though.
That is the exact same experience I had with my Hartke 2000. Weird, huh?
how much is the 3500
I'd look for one of the older ones. The newer Hartkes have a different power stage that doesn't sound nearly as good as the older ones.
True. The older 3500, recognizeable by it's rackmount, slightly different model number and 'Mosfet' labeling tends to sound better and be a little sturdier.
I'd expect to pay around 300 bucks for one of the old ones in well-preserved condition.
They're good value for money and pretty flexible. Hartke cabs may or may not be to your taste, be sure to look around.