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Rob Allen owners' club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Andy Daventry, Feb 28, 2001.

  1. Right. I know that John Cote has one. So does Notduane. So do I. I have number 48, which I added a couple of jazz bass pups to.


    Possibly. But now I have a fretless 4 string I can use through a low powered amp for rock and roll. And STILL keep the MB2 sound.

    I think the drawback of the MB2 is that when you dig in without headroom, you get piezo scratch, for want of a better term.

    Anyway, any other RA fans?
  2. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Can I join even though I don't think I'll be buying one this year?:oops:

    I'm kind of financially committed to this whole "getting married" thing, ya' know...:eek:
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    i used to own one...

    just traded e-mails with Rob about his latest batch.

  4. fretless 4 is still at the top of my wish list
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000

    :confused: Where'd ya' put them J-pups? One on either side of the pistol grip?

    Y'all shoulda' seen it :D...this goomer breaks into my house and after
    Moose chews off 3 of his toes, I shoot `im in the a$$ with my Rob Allen.

    (I think he was after this real nice semi-acoustic bass I got, #115 ;) )
  6. I`m not a Rob Allen owner....but I play one on TV.

    No,seriously.I checked out their website and was really blown away.Never seen anything like them.I take it the pup is in the bridge?The volume control under the neck and the tone also on the bridge?Makes for an ultra clean looking ax.I think they are a bit out of my league for the time being but would like to hear a bit more about them.Hell,even if somebody did`nt play you could have one in the living room ...like a nice piece of furniture!!(No coats/hats on em please!)


    p.s.I emailed BassNW to see how much they sell em for :D hey...call me a dreamer!
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    The pup is usu. a Fishman undersaddle piezo. BTW, the bridge is usually made of Corian -
    the DuPont counter-top stuff? :cool: .The volume control (knob) is integrated into
    the bridge (same material). I'm pretty sure there's a close-up pic on the site.
    The tone control is a set-and-forget trimpot in the control cavity.
  8. MarkW


    Oct 31, 2000
    I have an mb-2 as well -I have since sold all my other basses..anyone have an mb 2f? I am curious to hear one fo those..I think my next purchase will be a walnut or koa top mb 2- maybe get one of the new ones with the internal mic when they come out..
  9. MarkW


    Oct 31, 2000
    what kind of amps do you guys play yours thru? -
    i am looking for a new rig and the euphonic i amp combo is looking pretty sweet at the moment..
  10. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Hey Mark :) I'm currently running my MB-2 through an Ampeg B-15R.
    A piezo through an all-tube amp? :eek: Call me crazy ( Peanut Gallery -
    "YOU'RE CRAZY" :D ). *Just recently, I've been thinkin' of takin' a listen
    to one of the SWR "Blonde" Acoustic amps. I heard somewhere this is what
    Rob plays through. The 10" or the 12"?...either one's gotta' be more
    portable than the ol' flip-top.

    * :mad: Now. If you tell ANYONE that I, an admitted tube snob,
    is seriously considerin' a S/S amp, why I'll... :p
  11. mark,

    I have had probs with my MB2 through amps. It lacks in the low mids and doesn't punch. This is why I added the jazz bass pups.

    I think the bass needs a high powered acoustic instrument amp or a very clean hifi amp to really make its mark. I rarely gig the bass, but when I do, I go DI.
  12. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    How much did y'all pay for your Rob Allens?
  13. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    $1500 (list at the time) from Mr. A himself.
  14. Well, I got mine 2nd hand with an SKB case for a MIJ Squier P bass, a Fender Blues Jr, a Bigsby, a Fulltone FD2 and 400 dollars.

    Hope that helps.
  15. MarkW


    Oct 31, 2000
    1300 for mine very gently used...dammit how do i get an mb 2 avatar!
  16. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    My Rob Allen MB2 ,1 with quilt maple top and the other one with Hawaiian Koa top, they sound different, the maple top has more over tone and brighter, while the koa top is sweeter and darker.

    They both sound good with either, Super red head or SM400/Goliath or Eden/Acme LOw B2 or SVT2/LowB2.

    The best is with SVT2?LOw B2
  17. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    E-Z Big Guy :D . I emailed Paul (admin) a gif file of a Rob Allen pic
    when I signed-up to become an "elite" member. He takes care of the
    cropping / re-sizing.
  18. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Seems as though everyone's charging and paying list for the new ones. Anyone know of a place to get a discount?
  19. The list price is a bargain for these....
  20. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Actually, some shops are selling them above list price.

    As Andy said, the list price is a bargain for Rob Allens, if that's what you are looking for tone wise.

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