Opinions on Eden traveler head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DanGouge, Oct 27, 2001.

  1. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    I saw one of them used for CAN$800 (approx. US$500). I played with it, liked the tone. Anyone got any experience with them or opinions of them. How do they hold up? Any problems or things to watch out for? Can you get rackmount ears for them?
  2. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com In Memoriam

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
    I owned a WT300C for a couple years; the drummer in my band has had it since, for his electronic drums.

    They are good bass heads IMHO, not quite as radical as some other bass heads that scoop out the mids, but if you want that slap-friendly sound you turn up the enhance knob. The EQ section is quite flexible, though you have to use it with care- just a tiny tweak makes a big difference in the sound, but if exercised with care you can tailor it well. As far as heads that sound very natural vs. those that sound "electric" I think the Eden is somewhere in between. The preamp tube doesn't seem to lend a great deal of tube warmth.

    IME I generally played it with no adjustments to EQ other than a tick or two one way or the other of bass to compensate for a room's characteristics, maybe a little Enhance. If you can keep from being a knob twister, it's any easy amp to get a great sound from. But it certainly comes down to style and preferences, not to mention speaker cab.

    Just for your reference as to taste, I currently use Kern IP-777, QSC power amp and Euphonic Audio speakers or an Acoustic Image Contra. In between I had an Eden Navigator preamp.
  3. I had one that I thought was excellent--portable, durable, reliable, and nice low-mid growl. I never found much use for the EQ section though--to me, going too far from flat made it sound kind of weird. Luckily, the tone set flat was a very usable, pleasing bass tone. I moved up to an Ashdown ABM900, but wouldn't be complaining if forced to play the WT400 again.

    Rack ears are available for the amp. If I'm not mistaken, they should originally come with it.
  4. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    I love the WT400! It's light as a feather and sounds great when set flat. I use mine for small gigs, like restaurants mostly powering an Eden D210XLT or Eden D115XL. I also love the way it sounds with a 4 ohm load driving both cabs or my 4 ohm Eden D215XLT. I've gigged with it for a couple of years and can't say enough good about it. I agree that tweaking the EQ should be done very sparingly. If you never play a medium-size room and above, this is probably the only amp you need.
  5. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Thanks for the input, sounds like a good little amp all around. I when turned it up a bit in the store, it seemed loud enough for my purposes. Certainly an improvement volume-wise over the 200watt combo I have now. BTW, anyone ever use the aux. inputs? What's the deal with them?
  6. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com In Memoriam

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
    It's for plugging in the output of a CD player or something similar. You can review the manual of the WT-400 model (which is much like the entire line) on the web site at http://www.eden-electronics.com/techpages.html - that should answer questions and provide a lot of detail on Eden features.
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Eden Travelers rule. RULE! That's all.
  8. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I think the Travellers (I.E. Eden heads) are the funkiest, groovingest head I've heard. The sound is just so warm, articulate, and it has just the right amount of punch, plus, the EQ goes a LONG way. One or two clicks cut or boost makes a difference. Edens are my babies. Of course, that just might be because I own them...
  9. I have had a WT300 since 95 and cant complain one bit !