Please Take a minute to complete this survey on bass amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Justin Kraus, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. Justin Kraus

    Justin Kraus

    Aug 28, 2019
    For my design project in school, I am designing a bass amplifier. Could you please answer a few questions to help me out: Google Forms - create and analyze surveys, for free.

    Thanks! I appreciate the help very much! I would very much appreciate some feedback (or even conversation) about this initial design idea!

    To elaborate, my current design brief (work in progress and susceptible to change based on my research) is to design a bass amplifier for frequently traveling or on-the-move bassists, that minimizes weight and size, whilst still producing a high quality sound. Initially I was considering the idea of designing a combo amplifier - suitable for a good sound when practicing with others and for small gigs. I was considering utilizing the empty space of the cabinet, as storage and/or a possibility to reduce the size of the cabinet when transporting. Based on the majority of responses so far, I have noticed a preference of stacked amps (~78%) which has inspired the idea of a cabinet that can decrease in size, possibly into an ergonomic backpack, with additional storage space inside for accessories, etc. Separate ampheads could bossibly even be carried inside.

    Feel free to give me your ideas on the design concept, and any suggestions or improvements you have on the matter.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2019
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  2. It states that I don’t have permission to view the document.
  3. Done.
  4. turcmic


    Jul 30, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    Done. Good luck!

    BTY, I was confused on the question related to portability. I own a class D amp (GB shuttle) and a full tube amp (SVT). A slight 80-ish pounds diference between them but I love both amps!
  5. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
  6. Justin Kraus

    Justin Kraus

    Aug 28, 2019
    Thanks for letting me know. I will try to clarify some of these questions. Essentially I am thinking of designing an all-in-one combo amp system (including a speaker), which can be carried more easily than say a stack amp which would also require a speaker to be connected, by creating a collapsible cabinet.

    This design may not be for every bassist, but is mainly targeted at bassists that may travel to different (smaller) venues and want to minimize space.

    A possible design may for instance be a bass amp that can be converted into a backpack size product when not being used.
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  7. turcmic


    Jul 30, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    Designing a new product is no easy task but you’re taking the right path by asking questions.
  8. Done. Good luck!
  9. Justin Kraus

    Justin Kraus

    Aug 28, 2019
    Yeah, i agree. its more about identifying a design opportunity, and making a prototype product as part of a design tech project for school.
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  10. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
  11. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    I tried to take the survey but I don't provide personal information to Google.
    Good luck on your quest.
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  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

  13. ardgedee


    May 13, 2018
    Some of the questions are a little vague. For example the "How easy to transport" and "How heavy do you perceive a bass amplifier" questions, since it puts small practice combos and full-size auditorium systems on the same scale.

    Completed the survey. Good luck!
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  14. Submitted the survey.
  15. filwitheneff


    Feb 22, 2008
    Done. Good luck!
  16. Features you think are important...
    My answer....

    All valve, tube design :thumbsup:
  17. JimChjones


    Aug 6, 2017
    SE England
    Designing a good survey is a thing in itself. Still, that's also part of the learning experience. Whether one intends to get the "right" answers by asking the "right" questions, or get the right answers by asking the right questions.
  18. cchorney

    cchorney Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
    Done. If you're doing a combo with a focus on light weight, small transport size, and good tone then I commend you and suggest you stock up on aspirin. Although amp and cab emulator software is really good these days. You can do it.
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
  20. Justin Kraus

    Justin Kraus

    Aug 28, 2019
    Thanks for the feedback. It is definitely a learning experience for me, and I intend to make an improved and clearer survey based on the feedback I get from this one. I am very grateful for the extensive feedback and survey submissions I have received, which will definitely help me to develop my design ideas and initial research