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Noiseless&quality amps for acoutic ensemble

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Hallic, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Hallic


    Sep 2, 2012
    Hi people of the TB-forum,
    I have been looking into buying a nice combo, or cab+head, to amplify my bass. Unfortunately the products i tried turned out all the have some amount of noise in the high frequencies.
    I'm wondering what level of quality amps i should be looking at before this disappears?

    High end like Glockenklang/hevos/Vanderkley/Aer ? Or high mid level(been eyeing a schertler)?
    I tried stuff like: Laney RBW300, EBS reidmar head and Gallien krueger mb200 into an EBS 12"(with tweeter).

    I play in an acoustic ensemble, which means our playing dynamics somethings go to low volumes. This is where things like noise on an amp also becomes apparent for non musicians! And thus not usable for me.
    And i definitely don't want to turn a tweeter off to "fix" a poorly design amp.

    Hopefully some of you can give me good suggestions. Please mind that i'm in Europe, not across the ocean.

    ps. I can't use stuff like Fender, ampeg, orange. Need something with a flat/natural frequency response.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2016
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Phil Jones. Not cheap, but that's what they're for.
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  3. Hallic


    Sep 2, 2012
    Thanks for the tip. Looks like this brand uses small diameters woofers, I imagine it having nice clear highs. I wonder if it can keep the lows tight?
  4. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    I'd go with AER as you are in the EU, and they are far more affordable to you than in the US. Their sound quality is right up there with the best.
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  5. AngusHasMoxie

    AngusHasMoxie Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Easthampton, MA
    Formerly endorsed by Carvin, Basson and Dimarzio
    My GK MB112 is so quiet I accidentally leave it on while sitting right next to it all the time. For like, hours. Overnight a few times. This is with my passive j bass plugged into it, turned up.
  6. Genz Benz are very quiet if you can find one. They are all multivoltage switching so no worries importing one.
  7. +1 I recently picked up a brand new AER amp one for an almost embarrassing sales price. Now my Ampeg B15N head/B12 cabinet is relegated to the closet.
    amazing FULL, RICH, DEEP sound. Dead quiet
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  8. Oh, if you prefer made in America...check out Acoustic Image.
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  9. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    I've got a pretty good ear for hiss and noise in sound systems and have never had an issue with my cheap Peavey Max115. I play with two acoustic guitars and vocals and it's always been more than enough grunt with no noticeable hiss or noise, even in the confines of a lounge room for rehearsals. The only time I've heard any hiss from it was when I had it mic-ed up for recording, and then it was only noticeable through the headphones. Granted, I have it aimed straight at my head at gigs and don't have much volume on stage, but in an acoustic ensemble you don't need much sound on stage. I always DI for the FOH, even small systems, to enable me to keep the stage sound low while getting a good spread of sound out front.
  10. Hallic


    Sep 2, 2012
    I generally like the GK combos. Bit weird they don't have semi para mids.
    The GK combos noise becomes really apparent when you take an DI out. The 112 doest have a tweeter so you won't notice it

    No, preferably EU. Mainly because beter availability/pricing. Will have alook at them though :) thanks!
  11. jsbarber


    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    I am a big fan of the Glockenklang Bass Art head: 400 watts into 4 ohms, no fan, extremely quit and fantastic amplification quality. I also own 2 Bass Art Classic Mk II cabinets, which are outstanding. But, I'm told the piece-de-resistance cabinet is the Acoustic Art Cabinet, which is even better but not loud. 94 db at 1watt-meter. One or two of these, (or the BAC cabinet depending on your volume needs), with the BAC head would be about as good as it gets. Expensive, but very quiet and amazing quality. Beware, if you buy the rig you might end up replacing your instrument.


    Note: do not confuse these Glockenklang products with the Soul, HeartRock, etc. They have two product lines that are not equivalent.
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  12. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    My rig for loud to soft gigs with electric to acoustic is the new Acoustic Image Clarus s4+, with a Baer ML112. The Clarus s4+ is a 2 channel head eq'd great for electric and acoustic electric instruments. The Clarus S4+ has plenty of power, two channels of very usable eq, sweepable low end filter, built in effects, etc, etc.
    And QUIET! The Baer ML112 get tons of lows and volume for a relatively small box. It has a 6in mid-high speaker which I find much fuller and punchier than a horn at low volume. Even at a whisper I could still get a fat, present tone with plenty of highs. This combination works great for my upright/electric bass gigs.
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  13. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    The info you have given is incomplete what bass do you use and does it have an onboard pre amp IE active?.
    If so how much hiss comes from that.
    Passive basses will not produce hiss.
    Most recording mic amps have a high impedance instrument Jack and exceed the signal to noise ratio of most high end bass amps, if you really want a flat frequency response you could save money and choose one like this without built in EQ.
    Millennia HV-35P
    The powere'd speaker you will then require could then be anything from a high quality active studio monitor to a high quality pa monitor.
    You did say you wanted high quality low noise?. JBL have a very very good one for bass monitoring.
    JBL PRX735 15" Three Way Active PA Speaker at Gear4music.com

    Unfortunately genuine high quality low noise loud to soft comes at a premium.:)X
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  14. Hallic


    Sep 2, 2012
    unfortunatelly never heard a glockenklang in person. But every recording i heard just sound so incredible! I really love the Glockenklang Bass Art head clasic. The other you mention: Soul/sky etc. They sound good, but the classic seems to hit the sweet spot. There must be a reason why Jazz venues&studios have this head in their backline. I like how it's transparent, but not to the point where it would become "sterile".(If that makes sense)

    The cabs you write about, are those a 15" and a 10" ?
    bass art classic box
    Products - GLOCKENKLANG
    ^These are described as flat reponse.
    What about the 12" space art?

    Probably best for me to look at 2nd hand for this amp. Head+cab is about €3333, which is simply to much for me to drop on gear. I have seen glockenklang popup regulairy on the 2nd hand website in my country.

    That's a good suggestion!

    That's what i was affraid of
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2016
  15. jsbarber


    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    The Bass Art Classic cabinet is a 15" driver plus a 2" soft dome tweeter.
    The Acoustic Art cabinet is a 10" driver plus a 2" soft dome tweeter.

    I have not heard the 12" Space Art. I asked Helge about the 2X12" Double Art and he indicated that the Double Art is not as neutral as the Bass Art; it has more warmth, more deep end and it's attack is like a 10" cab. I would imagine that the Space Art is similar but lower SPL due to one driver. The Art series cabinets all use the 2" soft dome tweeter, which is very pleasing to the ear. You might really like the Space Art - give it a try if you can.

    There is a thread dedicated to the Glockenklang Art Cabinets, which might be of interest to you.
    Glockenklang Art Cabinets

    If you have access to a used BAC head, that would be terrific. They are very rare in the US. They are extremely well made, so I wouldn't be worried about buying used if you can find one in good condition.

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  16. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    Not sure if you've picked something up yet Hallic but i've just paid for a Schertler B10. If you're interested I'll let you know how it goes when it arrives late this week or early next.

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