NRD! (BERG+GK+Bass San Diego Content)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by 7x2morrow, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. 7x2morrow


    May 10, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Hi All,

    I have been lurking around here for a while now and I finally have something worth making my first post! I got a new rig today! I had been contemplating a rig for a while, and after saving my pennies and dimes, finally made a trip out to Bass San Diego to try a few different rigs.

    First off, let me say that the guys down Bass San Diego are not only two of the most knowledge bass guys I have had the pleasure of meeting, they are also two of the most genuinely nice and friendly people I have had the pleasure of meeting! They were happy to let me sit and try out every amp in the place and then try the amp with a few different heads until I figured out what I wanted. Then they even cut me a deal since I was purchasing a whole rig! The service and customer care was just insanely great. Chris was particularly helpful and awesome and I will definitely be going to their store more often.

    So without further or do, here are some pics!


    After playing a Bergantino CN112, and Aguilar SL112, and a Bergantino NV115, I finally decided on a used Bergantino AE210. I was so surprised at the low end response of the 210, I was completely blown away. The cab is light, easy to lug around, and sounds AMAZING. I did not have an amp to go with it, so I purchased a GK mb200 to match it with. I do not need a tons of watts at the moment and I preferred the GK over the Tone Hammer 350 I tried. I now have an awesome and clean sounding rig that I can use pedals to get some dirt if I want it, or can use it by itself for smooth, clean, fat tone. I also have room to grow, so I can always upgrade the amp if need be. I have being playing through a crate practice amp :)hiding:) for practice so this is a huge upgrade!

    I am so happy with the purchase, I just had to share! Thanks for listening guys!
  2. Very nice indeed my man!
  3. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Can't go wrong with Bergs! :bassist:
  4. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    I can see how the MB200 and the AE210 would be very well matched - from a power standpoint, as well as a tonal standpoint - for medium-volume rehearsals, personal practice, recording, and quiet-to-medium-volume gigs: clean, crisp, punchy, well-defined, modern...with real guts.

    Yes, I can practically hear your Jazz Bass through it at this moment. Very nicely done... :smug:

  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member


    I have 2 of the AE210s and they are the best of the best IMO.

  6. What about the low end of the cab do you like vs the other cabs you tried?
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    It was a real pleasure meeting you today. I love that rig you bought - I use the same one at some of my acoustic trio gigs. Enjoy it. BTW, I'm not an employee.
  8. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Agreed. Bass San Diego Staff are the best I've dealt with! Congrats!
  9. George Himmel

    George Himmel

    May 16, 2009
    Boston, kid!
    Former Manager, Bass San Diego
    Lot of love going on in this thread! Glad you're digging the GK/Berg rig.

  10. Kudos on running an honest, knowledgeable and responsible store. Hard to find those three things in one place these days! :)
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You missed it yesterday, bro.
  12. 7x2morrow


    May 10, 2013
    San Diego, CA

    Thanks MM! That is exactly what I was going for when I bought it! And yes, the Jazz sounds the best it ever has! :)
  13. 7x2morrow


    May 10, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    The NV115 had outstanding low end (as expected) but didn't have the mid/treble clarity of any of the 12's or the 210. (also as expected. This was a great sounding cab and definitely worth giving a shot if you want deep powerful bass.

    The aguilar sounded a bit rough around the edges for lack of a better phrase. Just kinda raspy at the top end, and not as full or beefy in the low end. It was actually my least favorite cab of the ones I played. I am sure some people love it, but it just wasn't what I was looking for.

    The tough decision was between the CN112 and the AE210. Tone wise, it is a close call, with the 210 having a slightly better overall sound to my ears. The differences were slight and if they had not had the AE210 I would have gladly purchased the 112 and been very happy. What tipped it over the edge for me was the vertical height of the 210, the slightly thinner, shallower build, and the sounds was just a bit better (barely, could be mental) in all aspects overall (YMMV, IMO, etc.)

    A good thing to keep in mind that all of the cabs I tried were all in the same general price range. The only one which was a bit more $$$ was the NV115, but the difference did not have any effect on my decision.
  14. 7x2morrow


    May 10, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Thanks! It was great getting to meet you as well!

    +100 Every bassist within 100 miles needs to go check this place it out. It is fantastic.

    Thanks George! You have a fantastic shop! I can't wait for the next concert and will definitely be stopping by more often. I can't express enough how great my experience was!
  15. Nice rig! That 'second generation' AE210 (the 'vertical version' has a much refined crossover and more even tone than the original AE210) is one of the best sounding cabs I've ever experienced. It serves as my reference rig in my practice space (with the TH350 in my case) and is my 'go to' small gig rig. +1 that the new CN series has much in common with the AE210V.

    Congrats. That cab will handle a lot more power than you are putting into it if you ever need more oomph. The MBFusion500 sounds GREAT with that cab, as does the TH500 in a different way. Enjoy!
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I ran my MBF800 through it at practice the other night, and it was fantastic.