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New ThunderFunk 550 (B) announced!!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Vic, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Announced today, info now up on their website too.

    Looks like my timing was PERFECT...

    • 550-watts RMS into 4 Ohms
    • Limiter (Compressor)
    • Aural Enhancer
    • 4-Band Parametric Equalizer
    • Timbre Control
    • Headphone Jack
    • Line In
    • Tuner out
    • Pre-EQ Balanced DI Output
    • Post-EQ Balanced Output w/Level Control
    • Ground Lift Switch for both XLR's Out
    • Pre-EQ Effects Loop
    • Post-EQ Effects Loop
    • Jacks by Switchcraft and ADC (of Minnesota)
    • 2-1/4" speaker outputs
    • 2-Speakon speaker outputs +1/-1
    • Aluminum Chassis
    • Weighs only 16 pounds!!!
    • Time Delayed Turn On
    • 100/120/220/240v operation
    • Quiet and reliable
    • Runs with or without the Fan!
    • Rack Mount Ears included
    • 2-year warranty Parts & Labor
  2. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    What is the Switch? I hope it doesn't have anything to do with the other infamous switch in these parts ...
  3. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Holy crap, not even in the same galaxy. This is a tone shaping switch on an amplifier, not an alleged impedence switcher on a speaker cabinet. Ken Jung (TB: KJung) has comments on the switch on the page in the link in my initial post.
  4. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    the switch in the up position is the same luscious, warm, almost tubey TF sound we all know and love. the down position is the "hifi" setting, where the amp feels a touch stiffer, and you get a slightly more detailed and sharper higher highs added to the overall sound.

    the regular up is great for fingerstyle and the down is sweet for slap. at home, on a lower volume setting, its actually pretty hard to tell which setting is which, but when you're on gig, and the band is pumping, the differences are much more apparent.

    and funny, but i think my amp is the "B" version, and i didnt even know it. i'm gonna email Dave and see.


    did Dave mention how the serial number scheme would work? might shed some light on mine.
  5. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yeah, Dave sez that, too.

    Let me know what you find out, because, while it doesn't matter to me per se, I know he's "upgraded" 550's with at least some of the new features (Ken has had this done), and I'm curious.

    Nope. Didn't even think to ask about it. I'm brand new to TF's.

    I've got this thought seriously on the brain at the moment...

    Marilyn #8 with TFB550-B and either a pair of EA NL-210s or a single Accugroove Tri-112L, or some combo of them. :)
  6. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    The thunderfunk sounds wonderful through an nl-210. Never had mine through a pair though.
  7. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    +1 on the switch... not much difference at low volumes, but very, very nice when you are cranking... that little extra open sound and sizzle is great for some situations (it tilts the amp's sound a little toward an 'EBS sort of thing'... not that extreme but in that tone family), and the slightly more meaty grind is great for others (it tilts the amp's voicing back a little more toward an 'Eden type' sound). It is subtle, but is different than using tone controls... it really is a nice feature.

    The original switch always kind of looked like a 'hobby shop add on' to me (and the original one was a sort of 'add on' that Dave provided). It sounds like now he has it more integrated into the design of the amp.

    If you guys remember, the only gripe I had about this fantastic amp was the fact that it didn't have a 'pre EQ' low impedence DI (the original models only have post EQ). So, it sounds like he 'fixed' that also, along with a few additional tweaks that sound like they will be very nice.

    I actually had the capacitor (or whatever it is!) added to mine to eliminate the pops I was experiencing with my active/passive switch on my Pope preamp... it sounds like Dave also made that part of the new model (it was a rare issue according to Dave, and in my case, only happened with that one particular bass).

    Plus, now the 550 is actually 550 watts into 4ohms vs. 500... kind of makes more sense, given the name of the amp!

    Isn't it great when a manufacturer actually listens to and takes action based on feedback from all his users:bassist:

    Vic and I will do an A/B this weekend with his new model and my original 550, and Vic will post next week. Even if it doesn't sound different, it will be the best small, powerful amp out there IMO... however, it sounds like the sound will actually be improved also... hard to imagine!
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Damn! Damn, damn, damn.

    Now there are actually reasons to upgrade from my much loved tfb420...I never felt like there were before.


    Way to go Dave!

    I'm gonna have to get more work to justify this...
  9. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    I'm lovin' my newer 550 'standard' but wish I would have know about the upgrades... I would have waited or opted to get the extras since I plan on keeping this amp for a long time... I'm most interested in the extra watts and pre DI the mute is nice too. There was no mention of a Jensen Transformer, I wonder what type of DI protection is in place?

    Also, wonder if Dave is going to do upgrades to existing 550 ???:bag:
  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The GAS just gets worse. Great. :help:
  11. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

  12. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    This just keeps getting better...

    I only live about 2-3 hours from Dave's shop, and since Ken is bringing his 550 over on Sunday (along with some other ultra-cool stuff), Dave is offering to drive the amp down personally so he can do some more A/B testing between the current model and the new B model. We'll have Aggie, Bergie (Ken), EA, and AG cabs available for testing, as well as "a few" cool basses... ash MTD, chambered MTD, Roscoe, Celinder (KJungs NEW ONE), Sadowsky (Ken), Zon, Cirrus', and even a slightly mod'd Fender Geddy J. I don't expect we'll be trying all combos, but we have plenty to choose from!

    :hyper: :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:

    If this all comes together, I'll post pics and info/results here!
  13. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Plus a WW Ultra and a Schroeder 1212... should be a lot of fun.

  14. klorence


    Nov 21, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    jeez... you guys are having all the fun.

    maybe i should drive out there - join the fray, buy an amp from dave, head to detroit to watch the steelers win...

  15. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Vic, you're going to dig it! The TF's are fantastic amps! HA, Keith Horne is on Dave's site. . . I got to be acquainted with Keith when I lived in Nashvegas - super nice guy, very humble, but a monster player! Plays 6 left-handed strung upside down (for right handers) a la Jimmy Haslip.
  16. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Keith Horne is a MONSTER. I became aware of him from some Tricia Yearwood performances I saw on TV.... amazing player. It's cool to see his own group is getting some airplay, etc. He's a great player! We need to get his 15 pound amp out of that 30 pound empty rack, though!:D
  17. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yeah, I've seen his video clip. Drool. :)

    I'm getting SERIOUSLY excited about this TB micro-hang.

    TB'ers jmb7183 and cb will also be there. I'm pretty sure the way this will all shake out is, a focus on the new Celinder, Marilyn #8, and ThunderFunk.
  18. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    It's actually goin down in Central IL, but if you were within striking range, you'd be welcome to come.
  19. vision

    vision It's all about the groove!

    Feb 25, 2005
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, La Bella Strings, and 64 Audio IEMs
    More GAS. I'm in trouble.
  20. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL