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I greatly profited from Fender buying SWR (new rig)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tightanic, Jul 3, 2003.


  1. Tightanic

    Tightanic Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2000
    NYC
    Hey guys,
    I finally got my rig together, and many articles written by Talkbassers have helped my a lot. I was certain about what my amp was goig to be, but I wasn't yet satisfied with any speaker brand that I tried (Glockenklang, Epifani, Markbass, Eden, Peavey, EBS....).
    Now that SWR was bought by Fender, one big store in my area started a hughe SWR blowout-sale with unbelievable pricing, because distribution and delivery policy will change somehow. So I went there to play SWR cabs for the first time in my life. And to cut a long story short, I was totally impressed, and I bought two cabs! To my ears, they blew away everything I had heard before. Amazing definition, clean but juicy, and not as overly aggressive as Eden or Epifani are IMHO. Now this is my one and only, nevertheless pleasure-donating rig (pics are going to follow as soon as possible, I don't have a digicam):

    * SKB-6HE Rack (some space left)
    * 1 HE outlet strip (not really worth mentioning)
    * Hevos Dual-Tube-Preamp
    * QSC PLX 1202 power amp
    * SWR Goliath JR. 8 Ohm
    * SWR Son of Bertha 8 Ohm

    It's so delicious. The only thing that gripes me is that the speakers could handle even more power than my amp is able to give (600 watts per cab in bridged mono, 30 Hz lowcut enabled). But nevermind, the sound is SO clean and clear, but still far apart from being sterile (Hevos-Pre!) that I don't need to crank the whole thing. I simply hear myself because it doesn't bottom out or distort. Never thought that cabs could be close to Glock-like definition while delivering such a tight punch!


    Johannes
     
  2. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    SWR cleaner and less agressive then Epifani? :confused: Strange how different people percieve sound.












    How do you like the Hevos?
     
  3. mz91

    mz91

    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    mind me asking which shop you got it from and where in germany it is? thanks
    Michael
     
  4. Tightanic

    Tightanic Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2000
    NYC
    mz91: http://www.thomann.de

    fast slapper: Yes, that's true. I expected the Epifani gear to sound fat and smooth, seemed like a Eden 210 with improved horn to me, unvorgiving and one-dimensional to my ears, no "sweetness" at all. Actually I was also very surprised that I found the sound I was looking for in SWR-cabs. I expected to spend loads of money on "boutique" kind of cabs (Epifani, Accugroove...), but finally I am happy that it worked out this way. I also admire the chrome-grill, not very subtle but nice.

    Johannes
     
  5. Tightanic

    Tightanic Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2000
    NYC
    I forgot to talk about the Hevos, sorry. It's sound is very smooth and clean (zero-distortion), so you won't quite get an super-fat Aguilar tone. It's got huge bass, mids and highs are a bit on the shy side. Definately no aggressiveness, and it hardly colours the signal. It may sound unspectacular to some people, but if you're looking for punchy clarity, just the right amount of shiny tubesound, and don't want to tweak your sound all the time (I hardly EQ anything but boosting some mids, at least sometimes), then this one is perfect for you.

    Johannes
     
  6. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    Sounds like one I should look into.