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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by grooVWy, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. grooVWy


    Apr 9, 2005
    I´m possibly looking pre/power amp combination to replace my Carvin B1500 (not sure yet), that I´m shooting thru Schroeder 410L

    ATM I´m playing in three peace band with very low stage volumes (which is nice!). music is stoner/grunge/"old Sabbath"/the Doors/etc. etc. ...kind of rock music.
    Our guitarist has Orange top and 1x12" to run with it.
    I´m playing with Ibanez SR500 BM with bartolinis and active EQ.
    We are tuned one whole step down with all strings and in some song drop the lowest one extra half.

    I´ve been considering mostly these (all in same price range @ Finland):
    Fender TBP-1 and
    Gallien-Krueger 2001 RBP.

    I´m going to use Pro Co Rat2 and Morley Dual Wah with it.

    I tried SansAmps BassDi (programmable) today with my current stack and to me, it sounded horrible. ..or then I´m just too hand to get anything out of it.

    I would precciate some opinions about those pre´s.
    ...or some other good options.
  2. Rob Mancini

    Rob Mancini Guest

    Feb 26, 2008
    I think any of them would be fine choices. If it were me, I'd probably go for a used Ampeg SVP Pro, though.

    BTW, great call with the Rat II! I have one modded by Robert Keeley with two extra circuits that have more bass response in addition to the original. I still prefer the original blended with a clean sound but the two extra circuits work well for live when you don't want to fool around with running two channels.
  3. grooVWy


    Apr 9, 2005
    Yeah I guess I could dial good sounds from all of those units. It´s quite annoying that there is no place to test them to check their tonal characters. I had that ampeg on my list, but couldn´t find one from anywhere. I also looked for SVT CL, but nada. Well I found new CL from Denmark, but it was almost 300€ more than the ones in my list (in sale).
    USA and EU should make somekind of trade contract so I could order stuff from there without all the customs and taxes circus.

    I like that rat2 too. So far only distortion I´ve tried that has pleased my ears. I love what it does harmonically it really make s the sound "sing". Ashdown overdrive sounded ok for more gutter sound in store, but haven´t tested it with my gear.
  4. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    If you're thinking SansAmp stuff, I think the RBI is a much better way to go. The Bass Driver DI IMHO seems to lose tone quality when you push the gain. The RBI has a lot more control I think.
  5. grooVWy


    Apr 9, 2005
    The RBI would be cheaper than the ones in my list, but I´m a bit concerned it would have the tone I would like, since the Di was so far from it.
  6. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    I would get the Fender preamp
  7. grooVWy


    Apr 9, 2005
    I think so too.. I´m starting to warm up for the built-in crossover idea and other features. It also seems to have Jensen Di as does the BBE. That crossover could also mean that I should maybe sell my 410L and get 2x12" or 15" with 2x10"´s. ...selling that could make me quite sad though.

    argh. difficult choices these tone thingies are they not ?
  8. SERPENT865


    Jan 1, 2007
    Wichita , KS
    I use a 2001RBP and couldnt be happier with my sound ....I also use Carvin cabs and amp.

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