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Pignose B-100-V

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gman, May 17, 2000.

  1. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Any body tried one of these ? I've only seen pictures. They look very cool.

    Supposedly 100 watts all tube. Two 12AX7's on the preamp, and 4 6L6's on the output.

    Thoughts ? Opinions ? Psycho ?

  2. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Psycho ???
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I've only seen one review, and that was a one-liner
    for the head only version...


    They're availabe from "Dr. Music" (head OR combo)...


    As far as all-tube "practice" amps. On the other end
    of the spectrum from the Sovtek Mig50b is the
    Alessandro Bassett Hound. Boutique and then some!
    I mean, I can see silver wire and high quality caps.
    But $50,000 (50 LARGE) for a solid gold chassis?
    BP Mag said it had more headroom than a B-15.
  4. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I looked at both the combo and head when I was shopping for a bass amp a while back. I can't remember any specifics, except I thought it sounded nice. I know that doesn't mean much, but it seemed to me to be ahead of stuff like Crate, Kustom and some of the Peavey combos, tonewise. Sure is cheap for a tube amp.
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Well...Sandy Klawz (U.P.S.) drop-shipped one yesterday (head only).
    Here are some initial thoughts...

    I knew when I ordered this thing I wasn't gonna' get an Alessandro or an SVT.
    It was only $319 with free ground shipping.

    There ARE four 6L6GC's. I haven't popped any covers (yet),
    but a peek inside the meshed section and I saw "Made in China"
    on the tubes :eek: . I gotta' go with PBG on this one: tubes MIC
    are crap for quality. Anything MIC (no offense) for that matter ~
    Phillips/Magnavox VCR's come to mind. Too bad Edward Deming
    (noted quality-in-manufacturing guy) stopped at Japan.
    A NICE touch was the butterfly clamp power tube retainers.
    Like I said, I wasn't goin' for a "studio reference" or coliseum "spleen-buster".
    I was lookin' for an all-tube head to use as part of a "portable" rig.
    This DOES fit that bill. Unusually light for an all-tube model (about 30 lbs).
    Kinda' makes me wonder about the robustness of the transformers though.
    I also noticed peering at the top of the chassis what appeared to be white nylon,
    push-and-click circuit board holders.
    Conclusion: a PCB instead of point-to-point wiring?
    I'll have to see when I do some "exploratory" surgery.

    Front panel (L>R): One "high Z" input, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass,
    and Presence, pilot light, on/off switch.
    Rear Panel (L>R): AC line cord, Fuse, Return, Send, 4 ohm out, 8 ohm out.

    I connected the output to the other part of my "portable" setup -
    an SWR Workingman's 2x10T - with a 3' Monster cable and switched it on.
    I tried all my basses through it: A Yamaha RBX260F and an
    Epiphone Jack Casady (each with TI Jazz Flats). A Fretless
    Gibson Ripper and a Rob Allen MB-2 (each with Roto tapewounds).
    I set the amp's volume at about half and started fiddlin' with it's tone controls.
    I guess bein' a jazz wannabe, I was interested in the effects of Middle and Bass.
    Crankin' the Bass to max gave some good thud, punch, and "pop".
    The Middle control brought out some decent growl without bein' too honky,
    esp. with the Ripper. I didn't hear a whole lotta' difference between
    the Treble and Presence settings. It coulda' been the cab (or too many metal concerts
    during my wasted yute). The manual says the Presence is for "bite" or "ultra-highs".
    Overall, there wasn't a drastic change from min to max with any of the tone controls.

    Kinda' funny: The 2x10 was at about waist-level, sittin' atop an SWR Big Ben.
    I was a couple feet away from the cab and thought, "Where's that breeze comin' from?"
    I had the Casady plugged-in, set on switch position 3 - max snarl. The amp's Bass
    and Middle were maxed-out. Duh! It was the slotted port on the 2x10 doin' it's thing!
    Even had the Casady singin' on it's own (surprise! semi-acoustic) a la' Ted Nugent.

    All in all, I'm happy with it, considerin' the intended application.
    Besides, I've got the know-how to change the things that need changin' ~
    A NON-Chinese set of output tubes, point-to-point conversion,
    add a standby switch, "L" brackets for the power cord, tweak the tone controls, etc.

    [Edited by notduane on 12-23-2000 at 05:41 AM]

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