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In your opinion what is the warmest sounding amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Waabs, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. Waabs

    Waabs Employee, Musical Instrument Retail

    Aug 1, 2004
    Pretty simple: I'm wondering what is the warmest sounding amp(s)?

    Sure I do want to hear about the mega buck boutique amps but I also want to hear about the relatively more affordable and available ones as well.
  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    Well warm is very very subjective
    ime. eden amps sound pretty darn warm (the preamp/heads)
    if i remember correctly GK werent all that chilly either
    alembic pres are definitley warm but in a different way lol
    try www.basstasters.com for some preamp clips that might help
    ya know ya just cant define warm.............. :D
  3. inazone


    Apr 20, 2003
    I thought ashdown was realy warm.
  4. eden stuff...

    and my Traynor YBA200 is pretty darn warm (if I could ever decide on some stinkin cabs!)
  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Mesa Boogie 400+
  6. mesa boogie m-pulse
  7. Basspolizei

    Basspolizei Pseudo bass player/collector

    Jun 23, 2004
    Buy basses and lots of guns before it's too late! You have been warned.
    Want really warm? Shop vintage. Want modern warm, shop tube only. The SVT tube is and will probably always be the worlds standard. There is a good reason for this. It's warm!
  8. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    i'm down with eden. really warm to offset the rather pointy and aggressive nature of their cabs.

    but IMHO, nothing beats the warmth of a Kern IP-777 preamp with a nice power amp of choice. like smoooth Garibaldi semi sweet chocolate.
  9. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    As far as SS goes, how about Thunderfunk?

  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The warmest I have ever heard is Aguilar all tube stuff. I think they actually overhype the low end to make it sound very pillowy. A very seductive sound but definitely colored.
  11. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    The Alembic F1X preamp is super warm as is the Mesa/Boogie Bass 400. I've owned both of these, and they were kind of too warm (pillowy) for me in fact.

  12. bigbeefdog

    bigbeefdog Who let the dogs in?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Mandeville, LA
    Another endorsement for the YBA200.... particularly since you mentioned "affordable and available"....
  13. My particular SVT. Almost unnervingly blurry low-end warmth at times. Gotta dial some of that out from time to time.
  14. 810wmb


    Jan 29, 2000
    on cold nights, i use my 400+ as heater
  15. same here, 810. :D
  16. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I have to go with a recommendation I got from Jorg Schroeder... and 80's Yamaha PB-1 solid state pre. They surface on eBay and in Pawn shops for about $100.

    My Benavente fretless 51 series 6 string into the Yamaha through a Schroeder cabinet is soooo warm it could incubate eggs :smug:

    I've owned AMP BH series heads (The design Thunderfunk reverse engineered / aquired) and Ashdown and the old school Yamaha trumps both in warmth.

    The Trace stuff was warm too.

    If I was hunting new at this point... I'd go Alembic or Kern
  17. My Ampeg SVT will always keep me warm!!!!
  18. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I'd have to go with Eden on this one. My WT400 is the warmest of the amps that I own. Still has clarity

    The Ampeg SVT-IIP preamp is quite warm too. But, sometimes "warm" is a nice way to say "it's a little muddy". Either way I like the sound of the preamp for what it does.
  19. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    I was just flipping thru all the pre samples at BT, & is it just me,, or is that Trace Elliott super fat on the bottom...
  20. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    Dirlk Lance's setup! Hav you heard to song stellar that's gotta be the warmest tone i've ever heard