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RA trio: Deep5 vs Solid4 vs Mouse-f

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nostatic, Sep 20, 2010.


  1. nostatic

    nostatic

    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Had a jazz gig this weekend and I decided to take all three and swap around. I've had some PMs asking about sound (especially of the Solid4), so I humbly submit a few youtube videos. The usual caveats: this was an onboard mic for the camcorder, I was using house backline with no FOH, and it was a party celebrating the vocalist's wedding so there is plenty of ambient sound. But it gives some indication of how the three sit in a mix.

    Deep5:


    I think there is an inherent "RA sound," but mag certainly isn't the same as piezo. One of my favorite aspects is that the heaviest bass of the bunch is a tad over 7lbs :p
     
  2. Even the solid 4 seems to have that woody, resonant midrange thing.
     
  3. nostatic

    nostatic

    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    To me the S4 sounds like a P-bass - but a really sweet P-bass.

    One thing that is true about Rob's instruments - when you play them you can feel the body vibrating, and that includes the S4. Not just a little, but a lot. I've compared them with my Zons and with other Fenders, etc. They have more resonant bodies. I could chalk that up to chambering on the D5 and Mouse, but the S4 has it too. I believe Rob would argue though that a bit chunk of the tone is coming from the neck so that makes a difference and he has tight neck pockets and on the S4, quartersawn maple (and this has Brazilian rw). Just a very well composed combination of factors to get the RA sound. They certainly won't get every tone in the book, but the inherent sound is so good that it'll support a lot of different styles. ime/imho
     
  4. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    Even fretted the Mouse sounds like an upright. I've listened to a bunch of clips and I think the Mouse has the upright thing (which is what I want more than a fretless thing) more than the MB-2. I just don't know about the scale thing - surprise, me worried about scale length. I've never tried a 30" scale bass. It may be as bad as 35" for me. I would probably switch between whatever "upright" I get and my 44-02 on jazz gigs.

    There's no denying the tone.
     
  5. Steve, the Deep model is calling you.

    It's calling me too, but I am in denial.
     
  6. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    Denial...and the $3,000 :)
     
  7. Yeah that...
     
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