Mesa Walkabout w/ an upright?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Bassmickeyd, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Curious if anyone ownes, or has tried a Mesa Boogie Walkabout, ether, just the head or combo bass amp, with an upright bass. I've tried the combo(at the store) with an electric(off the wall), and been very impressed, but need to know what they'd be like with the 'BIG' bass. Any info., would help.
    "12 bar in Bb with a two five turn around, I just hope one of these bars sells lunch."
  2. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    It can sound very good with upright, actually. It has a pretty full midrange, though, which may or may not be what you want. I do not find it as transparent as an iAMP or Walter Woods, but it has good (albeit somewhat "colored") tone, IMHO.

  3. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Although, they do weigh more because of it Mesa Amplifiers are
    built like a tank and can be serviced easily. So if you're willing to
    put up with the weight, they will most likely outlast anything else on the market.

  4. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    I've always liked the tone of the Walkabout, but the single-speed fans on them are so noisy that I find them unusable for low-volume gigs/rehearsals/recordings (which make up the majority of my DB work). Also, the Scout combos I've tried exhibited loud cabinet/chassis buzzes and rattles when pushed hard down low.
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  5. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    There is a Walkabout Mega-Thread over in the electric bass side wherein TBer Vic posts regarding his efforts to install a substantially more quiet fan. It seems to be a success.

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  6. Dennis Kong

    Dennis Kong Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    San Mateo CA
    I 'm currently using Walkabout with V 208 or V110 with my
    Upright. Also had Mesa put in a 10db boost for the the
    upright pu's such as underwood or KK etc.
    I' m using BBand with both basses.
    Quite adequate.
  7. accutone


    Sep 10, 2006
    SF CA
    For small jazz gigs, like piano, bass, sax or piano, bass and drums, I think the walkabout and scout combo is overkill. Plus as somene else said, the fan is loud on the walkabout. Don't get me wrong, I love the walkabout/scout combo, but I don't see it for the DB.
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  8. Macher


    Aug 29, 2006
    I don't know a lot about the walkabout but i own a MESA MPULSE 360 and i used it a few times for DB and it worked surprisingly well. It might not be a DB amp but has a really good preamp and equalizer. Like tombowlus said MESA is all about good mids.
  9. the mesa walkabout is the best electric bass amp on the market in it's class (light weight). It has the best ****ing sound I've ever heard in anything other than my svt.


    The camp just isn't right for upright.

    It's really colorful.

    I own one, and have used it for upright for a long time, but it's just not really transparent.

    I just got a clarus and started using an sm58 on right under my bridge pointed at the soundboard. It sounds 100% more like my bass then anything else I've ever heard.
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  10. bassdogEmer


    Sep 14, 2005
    San Francisco
    Endorsing Artist: Mesa Boogie Amps, Bag end,Thomastik - Infeld Strings
    I love this amp for upright - but I should clarify at the time I used that paticular amp I was playing upright with a rock band. we toured a lot and the amp never broke down once. It sounded great as well and has a built in compressor which was great.
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  11. This thread is right up my alley. I have a Walkabout that I have been using for BG for about 18 months --- Its a workhorse and I cannot find a better warm tube sound from anything else that I've tried.

    I agree that the amp has a lot of color, but I also have found that its sound is easily modified through EQ -- thought this may be a benefit.

    That being stated, I have a Chris laminate that I have not yet amplified (just starting out on URB). What type/brand of pickup are you using through the Walkabout? (those that have posted that they like the sound).

    This will help me alot as I research the type of pickup for my URB.
  12. Any body use their Walkabout with a NS yet? I'm expecting a WAV4 to be showing up soon and i'm interested to see how its going to sound with my Walkabout into a Aggy GS112?
  13. Jason Hollar

    Jason Hollar Jazz & Cocktails Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Central Pa
    Hey -- Just bought one of these today. Tried it against the Mark Bass CMD 121P combo -- and the Mesa blew it away! The MB combo was very nice though. Totally solid for its size.

    I've been sold on one of these for a while. Brought it home and it sounds extra large with my need for a preamp even...tons of bottom and thick creamy tube tone.

    Bought it at CG so I have 30 days to live with it. Also...big news...looks like GC will no longer be carrying these, so the price was down from $1199 to $999!

    The fan noise may be an issue...but so far, it's nowhere near as loud as the fan in my SWR Bass 350...which I've been using on all my DB gigs for over 5 years now.

    I also bought this because I double on electric bass and need it for rehearsals and lessons, etc.

    I'll report back when I play some gigs on it...
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  14. Hi Dennis Kong, I'm a BBand user as well. How do you have your mix knob set for the pickups? I'm curious because I'm frequently tinkering with mine; happy with the sound for a while then I'll be on a gig and something I hear (or don't hear) will send me back to the woodshed to mess around with it again.