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If I love SVT's but don't want to play an SVT, I would get a...???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Dallyd31, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Dallyd31

    Dallyd31 Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Peterborough, Ontario
    Love SVT tube tone, but want something lighter, more portable and less maintanance. What about a Markbass???
  2. All depends what you love about it really. If you like the overdriven tube tone you might want to grab an OD pedal/pre as well.
  3. happy with my ashdown abm.
  4. Dallyd31

    Dallyd31 Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Peterborough, Ontario
    If possible I would like to keep it as one head unit. Some things I was looking at are Aguilar, Markbass and GK
  5. mrokern

    mrokern TB's resident Rush freak

    Jul 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'll jump in with it before Jimmy does (and he will jump in on this, I'm sure...):

    The LMII comes darn close to nailing it.


    PS-GK is about as far as you're gonna get from the SVT tube tone. Nothing against GK, I've owned it and liked it, but SVT-like it's not.
  6. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    +1. A lot of folks are singing the praises of the Sansamp VT pedal. I'd be curious to try one with my Walkabout.
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    [​IMG]+ SansAmpCS_VTBass-ff018aad5b3a82970e534be3f2933bd6.
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Munji and Mark are right. Really, though, you could stick the VT onto any amp and get an SVT sound with it. But the controls are pretty sensitive and some knobs affect the other knobs so it's nice to have a head that's also got an SVT-like sound for tweaking on the fly, so that's why I like the LMII. I'd say that with the LMII, you're 80% there but it doesn't do dirty tones. With the VT, you can get about 90 to 95% of the way there. You can't get it to open up like a tube amp does when you crank volume, or move air around the tone the same way a tube amp does, but you can cop the tones.

    *All percentages based on provable scientific measurements known as "sickness" indicators.
  9. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    That's sick!:)
  10. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    I have a LMII, and it comes pretty close. My Line6 Bass POD xt Live comes much, much closer.
  11. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    why not the shuttle 6.0? its my goto *rock* head. plenty of tube girth. and yes, i use it w/ the lows switch on all the time. ;)
  12. Hizzoner


    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago area
    about a sansamp rbi preamp as a thought?

  13. Dallyd31

    Dallyd31 Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Peterborough, Ontario
    Looks like the Littke Mark is getting lots of love. ( I want to stay away from a pre/power set up....I already have one and want something different)

    Do the other Markbass models garner as much praise ???
  14. I just put my SVT gear on the market....Moving to Markbass. I was in G.C. Last week playing the LMII combo 102p..... That tiny thing ROCKS!!! paired up w/ one of MB's 15" cabs..... It sounded just as good, if not better than my SVT rig.... The mids really shined!!

    Still curious how it will sound on stage, the store doesnt do it justice...
  15. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    I'm happy with what I'm getting with my Line6 X3 Live through a GenzBenz NeoPak. Almost to adaptive at first until you learn to step back and build one core sound first, then other great sounds around that core sound for specific needs.
  16. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Seems like this is your answer. I don't even really care for the SVT tone and I am tempted to get a VT.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I am surprised to hear you guys say that the LMII sounds similar to an SVT. I can't really hear it(I have an SA450 which is for the most part identical). I will say though, there are FEW companies out there that give you great tone, and a ton of volume weighing in at only 5-6 lbs!!! I have owned a 70`s SVT, and played through the CL, and the VR, and there is just something unique to an all tube power amp that makes you sit in the mix in a way that I haven`t really experienced with solid state. Not better, or worse, just different. I guess my post is essentially useless in this case....
  18. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    If you're just talking about the amp, get an SVP-CL or SVP-Pro and a QSC PLX with tons of headroom, and you'll be just fine. Put it in an SKB case to keep the weight down.

    On the cab, that's a bit harder if you're used to the 810. If you can get away with a 410HE volume wise, they sound great and are smaller/lighter. If you still need tons of output then I'd recommend and Eden D-410XLT with the tweeter turned off as being on the same tonal page as an 810E, with as much output, in a half size package.

    An SVP top with a 410XLT is a very potent rock rig.
  19. kraigo


    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    It's funny because I hear all about the Shuttle being "bass shy", but I'm not engaging the bass boost and in fact am dialing back the bass shelving a couple of clicks. It gets too wooly really quickly for me.


    Edit: This is not to imply anything bad about the Shuttle, but more questioning the conventional wisdom of it being "bass shy". I pretty much play the P-Bass full time and when I EQ the Shuttle flat I'm getting more bass than I need or want. Dial it back and I've got a nice punchy tone.
  20. Kramsey


    Feb 9, 2008
    Denton, TX
    I'd say ashdown Evo

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