How long did it take you to get the setup you have today?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jvasquez18, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. day

    2 vote(s)
  2. week

    3 vote(s)
  3. month

    1 vote(s)
  4. semester

    4 vote(s)
  5. year

    9 vote(s)
  6. more.....

    35 vote(s)
  1. jvasquez18

    jvasquez18 Guest

    Sep 23, 2000
    S.E. 323, 13
    how long did it take you to get the stuff your arsenal?
  2. If you mean in the sense of, "work up to it" - a day.

    When I went to playing clubs, I didn't need my big ol' concert rigs anymore, so I actually downsized and downgraded.
  3. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Yeah I have been downsizing too. I have found that my Carvin RC210 is plenty loud for clubs, so my stack, ADA preamp, and 1000 watt power amp sits in the basement. Good riddance.
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    the setup forum is for information exchange on the topic of setting one's bass up, like action, fret-jobs, pickups and preamps, and that kind of thing.

    this might be better served in amps or basses (probably amps ;) ).
  5. Actually.. i renewed my entire gear in the last 3 months..

    new bass, new amp + cab, new pedals, new cables..

  6. jvasquez18

    jvasquez18 Guest

    Sep 23, 2000
    S.E. 323, 13
    how can you guys afford all that stuff?
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I got my actual rig and bass 2nd hand - except for the cab, and it took me a while to get it.

    My poweramp and preamp were on my wishlist since a read a review somewhere, and around two years after that I found both in a really nice green flightcase for a bargain in a shop (it was cheap because racks were suddenly "old" when the retro fad caught on).

    Same thing with my bass. Read a review somewhere and forgot about it for some time until a saw one collecting dust in another store. I just couldn't resist getting a 1800$ bass in mint condition for 500$...;)

    I bought my Triad 2 years after my rack and 1.5 years before that bass, so you could say it took me three and a half years to get my rig.

    The only thing I'd like to change is the cab. The Triad is a little too quiet for my taste, but it'll take at least another year or so get my new dream cab.
    Either a Glockenklang 4x10 or a Tech Soundsystems 4x10 or 4x12.

    Well, and maybe a 5 or 6....:D

    But my Green Audio rig is definitely a keeper. :)
  8. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    I got my yamaha rbx 260 and crate bx-15 amp a coupla years ago. a year ago I got a Bartolini p pickup. Recently I got a Carvin Pro bass 200 amp. I got an onboard preamp a few weeks ago.

    My system still sounds like regurgitated horse **** and I don't have the capital to fix it! (Well, the amp's ok; tried a $400 yamaha thorough it and loved the sound)

    That's my setup!
  9. - stay single
    - work hard
    - look for best price

  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    ...try to buy 2nd hand if possible.

    gather as much information beforehand as you can.
  11. Hrmz.. i don't trust 2nd hand stuff..
    i prefer new stuff ( in case something breaks )
  12. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Rightio, well, considering this doesn't have much to do with the setting up of basses! I am moving this off to ummm, I might try it in amps, then they can move it to Misc.

  13. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    well...i got my bass 350 and goliath jr last summer, my triad this winter, my poweramp last week, and i'll be getting my interstellar overdrive next week.

    within the month i'll be getting a power conditioner, ART levelar compressor, and raven labs true blue EQ. then, AFAIK, my amp rig will be DONE.

    how do i do it? gigs, teach lessons, have a g/f that doesn't require much money, save, sell stuff you don't need ;)

  14. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    I've been buying (and selling) gear every now and then in the past 14 years.

    Learning what you actually need can take years - my first rig was a 200W Marshall head with a refrigerator-sized Acoustic 2x15 cab - horrible weight for sound factor... :D

    How long it takes you to save up money is another point. Many posters here are not very young anymore :eek:

    I'm working for some years now (not as musician, music is just my hobby), I'm not married (yet), have no children (yet) -> best and last (?) chance to spend some money on gear ;)

  15. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    It has taken me 20 years to get 'my set-up'. I would get a decent bass and struggle with various iffy combos. In 94 I bought my Hartke 1415 and in 2000 bought my current amp.

    I bought my basses in 97 having used a Status 3000 for 9 years. Now the children are a bit older and the wife works (has a better job than mine) I have some disposable income.
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Because we're not all 17 or younger!! :rolleyes:
  17. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    Took me several years and MANY dollars to buy/try/sell so much gear in my search for the ultimate tone. I think as of a couple weeks ago, I have finally found it:

    Status Graphite 2000 All-graphite 4 string
    Walter Woods Head
    Flite 3-way 2x10 & Flite 2-way 1x15

    Got to use the new setup last week in a small club with no PA support for the bass. As close to perfect as I've found!
  18. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI

    hey i got my bass 350 and goliath jr when i was 18 ;)

    but i had that money left over from buying and selling cars ;) that's the other thing that's made me some $$$ for gear.

  19. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Since you asked:

    1. get a day job to pay your rent, buy the cheapest stuff you can find that will let you play gigs
    2. play lots of gigs, take gig money and buy better stuff
    3. repeat #2 as needed

    Gig money adds up fast...even if you are only able to make $25 a gig, if you can gig once a week that's $1300 a year.

    Get into a band that does weddings :eek: and during the summer you can do 2 weddings per weekend easily. Even if you only get $100 for each one, in three months that would add up to $2400. Amazing how quickly you can learn to love wearing a tux and playing the Macarena :)

    I now have two "house band" gigs that I do every week, one pays $90 the other $60. Then I get at least one other gig on the weekend; last week I did 3 and my take for the week was $470.

    The last gear purchase I made was an Epifani speaker cabinet. It only took me 2 weeks of gigs to pay for it.

    So it can't be that easy, right? Well the catch is getting steady gigs, until that happens you have no cash flow.
  20. jvasquez18

    jvasquez18 Guest

    Sep 23, 2000
    S.E. 323, 13
    I have #1 down with an ibanez gsr 200 (which is really not bad) and a rogue rb 120 bt.