Oldies = Goodies

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bassbrad, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. Newer is always better

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  2. older is always better

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  3. I choose on a case by case basis

    26 vote(s)
  4. I use what I got, old or new no matter

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  5. carrots and cabbage

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  1. So like everyone else here I am always looking at the newest/coolest/better things and sometimes forget about the oldies that I have in my collection. It has me thinking about the old s... um stuff that I keep using from my old basses to the old effects that I just cannot seem to get away from. I am not one of those vintage hardheads and really do appreciate and use updated technology but sometimes the old ways are better ways. Okay so maybe this is all a sign of my age (old) but I would really like to not think that is truly the case.

    Case in point these last few days have been digging into the old Digitech BP8, as that is the preferred unit of some tone snobs i am about to start a new project with. Those sounds are really very good, tube preamp, excellent compressors, very useful EQ, studio quality reverbs and delays and while the mods are a bit limited they all have a great sound and character. Other than the size, unusual power supply and decrepit age it is really still a very good unit.

    In the studio i find myself turning to the old ART MultiFX LT, Yamaha SPX90 and Rane, White and Ashly units over the digital plugins that are much handier.
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  2. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Old, new, whatever--as long as it is operational and fits what I'm doing and is within my reach to be able to buy it.
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I choose on a case by case basis, my mind is open to any gear - so far that has however always meant newer is better. ;)
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  4. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Buying based solely on age is as dumb as buying solely based on price. IMHO you should buy based on need and then chose the equipment that best fills that need.
  5. I just purchase parts that fit into my equation of what gear I want and what sound I want.

    Most of my gear is new, but not entirely the case. It just has happened to turn out that way.
  6. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    I used a lot of older gear , like my SPX90 , for several decades probably because I could easily find the sound I wanted ... or was used to ... but now the vast majority of those sounds /fx are buried within newer multi fx units ... or in my newer Korg/Yamaha keyboards , where the external pc programming is even easier than the older tiny parameter window .. !!
  7. strictlybass_ic

    strictlybass_ic Mediocrity is a journey

    Jan 9, 2014
    Northern Indiana
    I like gear that sounds good, is easy to use, and easy to move. That last one means that much of my gear is newer by default. I like the sound of the older "lead sled" amps, but those class D heads are so awesome to move around I feel like I'm dreaming. Similarly I've played some older cabs that sounded great, but I've played new ones that sounded awfully good too (and were much less likely to generate a hernia). Is newer better? That's awful subjective, but a lot of it is lighter and I like that.
  8. How old is old? In general, I prefer brand new stuff. I do buy secondhand stuff from time to time, but I tend to get a bit fussy (OCD) when doing due diligence.