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New Carl Martin Bass Drive pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by scubaduba, May 19, 2012.

  1. gepettus


    Sep 17, 2011
    yeap. looks great, especially for the tube over
  2. MSRP: $389

  3. dharmashawn

    dharmashawn Owner, Handlebar Moustache Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    But that is MSRP, so we should get it a tad cheaper. In comparison the lovely sounding SWELL is gonna run you a hard $350.
  4. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    There comes a point where "tube tone" just isn't worth the price, especially when the live audience wouldn't be able to tell difference between that, or a well-built-but-much-cheaper non-tube pedal through the house PA.

    Putting just one 12AX7 in a drive pedal...can't they do better? de Lisle sells an EF86-based tube pedal, with a 12AX7 pre-tube for $329. Much more tubyness.
  5. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    interested in this though, demo sounds great
    Crystalman85 likes this.
  6. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    Up. Any news?
  7. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I have to agree. I used to have the EBS Valve Drive which was another over-sized tube driver. It was fun at first swapping out the tube with various others for slight changes in tone, but it was subtle enough that only I would ever notice. The built quality was shoddy as well so between those factors and its sheer size I let it go. The Carl Martin isn't much smaller though their QC reputation far eclipses that of EBS's.
  8. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    Well, thats an interesting view. Anyone else?
  9. eddiebo

    eddiebo Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2002
    Montclair, NJ
    I have had this pedal for about 6 weeks and have tried it through a variety of different rigs and setups, with different basses, etc...

    MF and a few other outlets retail it around $270, and they were running a 15% discount, so it was $235 shipped - well worth it, IMO

    Overall I give it a thumbs up and its become a favorite overdrive

    - its a REAL overdrive - u want to add just a touch of grit without going into distortion territory? done - you can really nail an Entwistle / Geddy / Jack Bruce sound with it but also do a "clicky" pick sound like the SABDDI or Darkglass or go more OTT into fully driven SVT land
    - it is VERY transparent, doesnt sound like you put a blanket over your amp or put a giant artificial halo around your sound like a sansamp
    - LEVEL knob allows for perfect control over unity gain with the unaffected signal
    - it has BALLS - no loss of low end, none
    - a LOT of flexibility in the EQ, very small adjustments make significant differences in sound
    - very responsive to player dynamics, the more you dig in in your playing the more you get out of it

    - Form factor: Gigantic, takes up a lot of space on a pedalboard and the power cable juts out a good 3" from the pedal making board configuration "interesting"
    - Transformer / power supply housed in the pedal, contributing to size and weight and necessitating the use of a dedicated power cord, cant use any kind of power supply
    - Price: even with a discount its pricey

    I can put up a pic of it on a board and eventually some sound samples with different amps / basses / speaker combos if anyone is interested
  10. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    Have you tried Xotic Bass BB Preamp? Which one is better?

    Is there a LED light under the tube on CM Bass Drive?

    EDIT: Please, post a photo. I'd like to see this beast on real, "live" photo :)
  11. eddiebo

    eddiebo Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2002
    Montclair, NJ
    the other OD I have is a BB and I use that one on my smaller board which is a pedaltrain mini - definitely similar sound, but the CM has a lot more girth and low end and is more transparent. The BB goes into distortion territory much more quickly and I find I need to have the bass knob at least 3/4 of the way up to have enough low end in the sound. Yes, there is a red light underneath the tube so it glows red when its on and it has a bright blue LED indicator
  12. eddiebo

    eddiebo Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2002
    Montclair, NJ
    heres a pic on my board w/ the lights on - you can see how much space it takes up and how far the plug comes out

    Attached Files:

  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Now that's a Biggun'!!!
  14. eddiebo

    eddiebo Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2002
    Montclair, NJ
    yea, u can see its almost as big as the choralflange & bluebeard together
    it sounds great, though
  15. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I wish they would bring their bass amp (200) to the US market.
  16. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    UP, anybody else?
  17. MJT


    Feb 24, 2011
    Roanoke, VA
    Got mine yesterday. So far ... ME LIKES IT ... A LOT.
    More to come.
  18. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    Don't forget to post few words soon :)
  19. Dang, it is ridiculously big. That power supply is just not fair. Those are suppose to come out of amplifiers.