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Laney BC75, has any body got one?? and where can i see a pic?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by basskiddanny, Sep 16, 2001.


  1. basskiddanny

    basskiddanny

    Aug 22, 2001
    England
    Does anyone know where i can find a picture of a Laney BC75 75watt bass amp???

    Also if anyone has one can you tell me how much quality is lost when you crank up the volume...

    Thanks...
     
  2. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Had one for about 3 years, bought it in '97 for coffe house/church gigs. To be honest, I wasn't that crazy about it. It just couldn't deliver on the low end. Overall sound was very boxy IMO. About six months after I bought it I checked out a BC120 (thinking maybe I'd trade up), but it didn't seem much (if any) better. I finally sold it and bought an Ampeg B-328 from GC (at a blow-out price of $320), and I couldn't be happier.

    Is there a reason you're specifically thinking about the Laney? Have you checked out any other combos in the same price range?

    - Frank
     
  3. basskiddanny

    basskiddanny

    Aug 22, 2001
    England
    Its coz i have heard other laney amps and they have had pretty good sound quality, and this certain amp seemed to be a good price, i think i will try one out before deciding whether to get one or not.
    Thanks for the info

    - Has anyone got a picture of one or know where there is one on the net?

    - Danny
     
  4. basskiddanny

    basskiddanny

    Aug 22, 2001
    England
    Frank, when you used it for church/coffee house gigs could you put the volume very high and still get the same quality???

    Thanks
     
  5. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
  6. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Most of the times I kept the volume around 3 or 4, and the gain between 5 and 6, which was more than loud enough for these types of gigs. I would notice quit a bit of hiss with the volume at 5 or above. Things would distort a bit with the gain any higher than 6 (I used it with a 4 string w/ passive controls), and pushing the volume much above 5 wouldn't increase the volume as much as it did the hiss.

    Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad amp, especially for the money (I paid $275 for it new), but if I had to do it over again, I would have saved some more and looked at some other combos instead.

    - Frank
     
  7. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Just a note, I also have a Laney EA-120, which is a 120 watt electric/acoustic g**tar amp that features two separate channels, which I couldn't be happier with.

    - Frank.
     
  8. basskiddanny

    basskiddanny

    Aug 22, 2001
    England
    Thanks for all of this info,

    i was just wondering how much you sold your BC75 for??

    also if you are able to convert dollars to sterling please give me it in £'s if you cant then dollars is okay.

    Thanks

    -Danny
     
  9. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    I bought if from a very small music store that I've been going to since I was a teen. I sold it back to the same store as part of a trade in on the Laney EA-120 that I bought. He gave me $175 for it. That's about 119 Pounds U.K.

    By the way, an interesting story about the EA-120. I wanted this amp because I also played both acoustic & electric g**tar in a praise band I was in. I had to order it from them as they do not stock it. After playing it for I while, I noticed that the acoustic channel had slight distortion that you could hear as notes trailed off. Also, the tolex covering kept peeling up at the seams. I dealt with it for about 8 months, and then finally decided to get rid of it too. I've had it too long to return it, so the store took it on consignment. After about 2 months I decided to pick it up because it still hadn't sold and I had started another praise band at our church so I figured I'd just keep it at the church. When I went to get it, the guy who owns the store had said that the Laney Rep had seen it while he was there, and replaced it with a new one because of the peeling tolex. The new one works great without any unwanted distortion. Oh, and the tolex doesn't peel on this one!

    - Frank
     
  10. basskiddanny

    basskiddanny

    Aug 22, 2001
    England
    Is there a way to slightly distort the LaneyBC75???

    Because my guitarist wants me to get an amp that distorts slightly, i dunno why

    (when i say distort i dont mean when it sounds messy by crankin up the volume.)
     
  11. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Not really. There is no "Drive" type control for that sort of thing, and as it is a solid state amp, if you were to clip it by turning the gain too high, the resulting distortion would be rather unpleasant (typical of SS amps). Usually to get a halfway decent overdriven sound from a solid state amp, the amp will have a tube preamp section. Of course ultimately, an amp that uses tubes in BOTH the preamp and amp sections would produce the best overdriven sound.

    Some solid state amps attempt to simulate this without tubes. For example the Ampeg "B3" combos are SS amps that have a drive control that give a pretty good "tube driven" overdrive simulation. Another option is Tech21NYC's SansAmp Bass DI. It's a direct box/preamp that simulates a warm tube driven sound.

    I hope that helps a bit. By the way, how much are you able to get that Laney for? Is it new or used?

    - Frank