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Reeves Custom 225 Clippage

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FFTT, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    There's no way I can do this amp justice without a proper studio
    signal chain but, I've put these clips together for basic
    tonal reference.

    Reeves 225 '64 Fender Jazz Bass


    Reeves 225 '66 Hofner

  2. Very Nice! I know what you mean about not doing the amp justice, but these clips are better than no clips at all. I appreciate you taking the time to do this.:bassist:
  3. Thanks for the posts!!! The Reeves and your playing sound great! I am still undecided in whether I'll go with the Reeves 225 or the TBL 200. I'm leaning towards the /13 though!
  4. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    All my experience tells me this amp will mic up for backline and record like a dream
    with a proper signal chain.

    This amp is exceptional at getting the tones of all my favorite old school British bass players.
    With a few specialty basses, you can cover a lot of tonal ground.

    The TBL was in my top 5 choices as well, but I went for the extra power equating
    to extra clean headroom in the Reeves.

    My '64 Jazz has very mild original pick-ups so it also needs an extra kick sometimes
    with live drums.

    I hope the Hofner didn't blow anyone's speakers, that thing has some serious bottom.

    Thanks for the kind words.
  5. svtb15


    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    Well, that is a very nice representation of real old school tones... even withthe camera compression.. you can hear what is going on..
    I bet you can get the elton john Yellow Brick Road clicky sound from that amp too..
    Very nice!
  6. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    Adding the video of the same Hofner clip complete with room noise.

    Still some of the fidelity is better than the soundclick audio version.


    Every bass I plug in just sings with it's own voice!
  7. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    I sure appreciate all the support and feedback from everyone.

    The goal here was to show that the amp delivers what you put into it
    and does so quite well.

    Now if we can just get someone else to post clips with their Reeves and
    a Rickenbacker and P-Bass.

    This amp sure has given me a case of the grins :D
  8. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Whoa!!! Killer tone on that schecter clip!
  9. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    One of my old friends has sort of the twin to it in a fretless.

    We both ordered these basses the same day the first year Schecter
    was taking orders for complete guitars and basses from what became
    their USA custom shop.

    Before then, Schecter had only supplied fine custom bodies, necks and hardware
    for DIY builders.

    It really came down to asking them what it would take to send me a factory finished custom bass.

    Hard to believe that was 30 years ago.
  10. svtb15


    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    Can it work that SVT cab hard? i guess you can get some pretty good volume from that head too.. the J bass and hofner clips are very nice.. what is your MASTER vol at
  11. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    I've just listened to the Jazz + Reeves, and Hofner + Reeves clips.

    This is the first time I've heard (or even heard of) a Reeves amp. It sounds real audiophile smooth & old-school (which is one of my favorite bass amp timbres).

    To my ears, the nearest comparison to this Reeves would be Markbass' Classic 300. (I haven't played a '300, but I've listened to a J-Bass + Classic 300 clip through the same play-back system/settings as the Reeves clips.)

    It would be nice to hear the Reeves within the context of a mix.


    This is also the first time I've heard 'Little Wing' played on a bass! :)
  12. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    I had to watch the volume for the clips because the Reeves can shake the room and the ducting in the basement was buzzing.
    I also had to adjust the camera mic to the lowest input volume to keep
    it from clipping.

    Bassgearmag tested the Reeves measuring 256 watts RMS @ 4 Ohms.
    So that explains very easily why this is the first amp that does not
    have me missing my '73 SVT .
    It's also 24 pounds lighter than my old SVT weighing 61 pounds.

    For the Hofner the Normal Volume was at 11:00 master at 9:00
    Same setting on the Jazz on Normal Channel, Master at about 10:00
    For the Schecter Normal was at 1:00 Master at 10:00.

    I found it very easy to get a small club volume with plenty of punch,
    but this amp can certainly cover any large venue with ease.

    Actually, the Hofner pushed the speakers hardest of the three basses.

    Last week, just for sh*ts and giggles, I tried my Les Paul and my Ibanez AF105NT through the Reeves Normal Volume DIMED and now fully understand what makes
    Pete Townshend jump! :hyper: :D

    Keep this amp away from power hungry guitar players!

    For those of you unfamiliar with Reeves Amplification
    They build original Dave Reeves Hiwatt circuits, only the
    225 is EQ'd specifically for bass, unlike the All Purpose DR-201

    Reeves is currently trying to nail down a choice for matching speakers and enclosures for this amp, but it's going to be hard to beat an AlNiCo
    8X10 for tone in something more portable.

    Just in case you're wondering, I have no professional affiliation with
    Reeves Amplification.
    I just believe they build some of the best sounding, roadworthy, hand wired amps on the market.

    The hard core vintage Hiwatt fans have all pretty much agreed that
    Reeves is a far better choice than today's Fernandes/Hiwatt logo offerings licensed here in the U.S.
  13. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
  14. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    This is the only recording that survived the original Bias Recording Studios Demo and I'm thankful to Jack Douglas and the band for including it on the first album. Sorry we parted ways old friends.

    Just for tonal reference, this is how the '64 Jazz sat in the mix
    with the treble control off. D/I to API console.

  15. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    no doubt,

    love the tones w/ that 64!
  16. svtb15


    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    artful dodger?? i must have met you guys at one time.. do i also detect a NY accent in your video?
    My Fathers Place in Roslyn maybe?

  17. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    We parted ways at the contract signing due to differences of opinion.

    Better leave it at that. ;)
  18. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Hi FFTT.

    Hmm... There is a contrast between the bass tone on this recording and that achieved via the Reeves.

    IMHO a decent amp really is half of the electric bass' timbre as a musical instrument--bread & jam.

    Perhaps I'm being grumpy (and more than a little bass-biased), but I've l-o-n-g preferred an amp tone on recorded bass tracks, and regard recording our instrument direct as being an expediency first adopted & popularized by producers long ago as a 'it's-only-a-bass-track' cost-saving measure dictated by major label recording budgets skewed in favor of 'more important' instruments and vocalists.

    But then, I'm a big fan of 'dog house' bass/tic-tac tracks...
  19. svtb15


    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    I was signed to Columbia about that same time you were.. we had to have crossed paths. did you know the AR guys peter Wetermer or Jim Foley? they were buds with Leber Krebs and Bill Aucoin.. that guy was a loon!
    .. wish there was a Reeves back then.. i was using a pair of SVTs.

  20. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    Suffice it to say, I didn't make the final cut. :bag:
    It's only rock and roll yadah yadah............

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