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NCB - 1978 Sunn Beta Bass Combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Oren Hudson, Dec 24, 2016.


  1. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    I got this back at the end of October. Cosmetically, real nice, but physically, it was pretty sad. Two sheared-off pots, no power, and although original, a fried speaker. So off to Alpha Sound for amp repairs and to The Speaker Medic for speaker rebuild. I've just completed it's re-hab and it now looks and sounds super.
    There is no proof, but the guy that I got it from said that it belonged to Mickey Newbury and had been in Mickey's old lake house for over thirty years. According to Wikipedia, Mickey Newbury was a musician/songwriter and recording artist that died in 2002. He wrote hits for Don Gibson, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Andy Williams, Eddy Arnold and Elvis Presley and also had some recording success of his own. He had over 1,500 versions of his songs recorded over many genres of music. In 1969 is married and moved to Old Hickory Lake outside of Nashville, which is where this combo reportedly came from.


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    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016
  2. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    It's not the easiest combo to move around, but the Beta is a fan-freakin'-tastic amp - truly one of the great vintage solid-state offerings. It's also one of the few amps I find myself cutting a significant amount of mids on the EQ. The thing just has gobs of mid-range on tap.
     
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  3. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    It is a bit awkward. Like you said, the mids are real strong and don't require much boost. I like the touch of overdrive with the drive controls as well.
     
  4. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    I actually always wondered if the mid EQ was really a boost only, because it just has so much inherent mid range. It has that big, low-mid punch that sounds huge and sits so well in the mix. So many amps seem to be missing that nowadays.

    The CMOS drive is very unique and never has that loose, out of control feel that a lot of overdrives/fuzzes seem to have.
     
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  5. jdthebassman

    jdthebassman

    Jul 11, 2010
    those amps are great loads of power built like a tank great score
     
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