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NAD! Quilter BB800. Way cool!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by armybass, Jan 5, 2018.


  1. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    E66B0A0D-930B-4ADC-9A57-728E3A5C9A8A. A56DEF54-3ABC-472C-8D8D-989ED28C83AB. 9B4AD093-D434-4BCF-BE64-C1D08EAD084F. I just got my new Quilter BB800 delivered today and so far it’s awesome. No gigs till next week but I love the power, simplicity and transparency of this little monster. I mean what a cool idea. If you like the sound of your bass and want to just amplify that sound then this is a great product imho. I play EBMM Basses with 2 and 3 band preamps and that, the Quilter and a great cab are a pretty good match. Plugged in my Sterling into the Quilter and the Quilter into my Bergantino NV610 and whamo.

    It have a huge sounding rig that sounds like my bass and I can make small changes on the bass eq itself as I need them. I’m the king of KISS when it comes to amps.... this is a winner so far. Can’t wait to gig it!
     
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  2. jakka1

    jakka1 Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2012
    Kansas
    Just got my Bass Block this past Wednesday. Very happy with it as well. Killer pairing with my Stingrays and Sterling!!
     
  3. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    This is what I have been looking out of every micro class D and maybe even every amp for some time. It’s very cool to be able to hear the sound of you’re bass with clean yet unsterile power behind it giving it that clear, warm and smooth thump.
     
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  4. jazzbass_5

    jazzbass_5

    Sep 1, 2007
    NY, Albion
    Welcome to the club, had mine for a few months now and I love it. Haven't used any of my other rigs in a while (ampeg and sansamp).
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  5. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    The EQ seems intimidating to me.
    Is it limited tonally, like limited EQ or does it have a heavily baked in tone?
     
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  6. jazzbass_5

    jazzbass_5

    Sep 1, 2007
    NY, Albion
    Imo the EQ section is extremely intuitive. The only thing I found is there could be a bright switch, or a presence switch. That's essentially the only reason I run the Ampeg SCR-DI with it. I use an active Fender American Deluxe Precision V, it has a very adjustable EQ and I felt it needed more high end running through the BB800.
     
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  7. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    With my EBMM Basses I have everything I need on tap on the Basses themselves. It just sounds like my bass. I have three band Basses with rounds and two band Basses with flats and they all just found like themselves. The amp does not inhibit my tone in any way.
     
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  8. wizard65

    wizard65

    Sep 1, 2014
    I’d be interested to hear how it compares to your Super Bassman.
     
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  9. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Pound for pound it stacks up well. It has a lot more similarities than one would think tone wise. The Quilter punches well above it’s weight class and I would agree that it sounds warmer than most Class D amps.
    It lacks only in the heft of the attack that you get from an all tube beast. But I would venture to say no one in the audience would know or care and neither would my back during loading in and out.
    :)
     
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  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    It's actually the opposite, Jim. You have a depth control and the other knob goes from a mid cut to flat to treble rolloff.

    Want more highs? Turn the gain and master up and pull back the depth. More depth? Dial it up. Less mids? Counterclockwise.

    If you have an active bass and you can't get enough highs I'd look for another culprit.

    A bump in output will typically give you more of everything. Then dial out what you don't want.
     
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  11. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Brad, is there a suggestion for making the amp more attractive? ;)

    To be honest, I do hope to try one of these. I love the simplicity.
     
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    It reminds me of a Ghostbusters trap.

    I rarely look at mine.
     
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  13. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Good answer all around. :)
     
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  14. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Thanks for this.
    Sounds like there might not be a huge amount of EQ available although I rarely use much.
    Enough top end for a passive P if you need to rock hard or head on down to funky town with some slap and pop?
     
  15. husky123

    husky123 Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Yes sir. It’s almost as if a passive P Bass was the test subject when developing this head.
     
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  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I've used mine with passive basses and have rolled the bass' tone control back to get less bite.

    This thing hits hard and clean.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2018
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  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    The second EQ is subtractive. The opposite of how many people use EQ.
     
  18. kasbrey

    kasbrey

    Aug 23, 2002
    York UK
    It is quite wide ranging but you are restricted to good, musical tones. If you want unuseable, nasty tones you will need external eq :)
     
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