Roland db900 anyone?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gaz Goldstar, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. Gaz Goldstar

    Gaz Goldstar Guest

    Jul 1, 2003
    Bristol, UK
    Hi, has anyone tried out a Roland db900 I am thinking of getting one to use in conjunction with a Roland V bass set up. I am interested in hearing off anyone who has had experience using a db900 live. Was it loud enough and did it have good punch.

  2. I tried out a Roland... I don't think it was the 900, might have been a 750? Anyway, it was plenty loud, and had lots of punch... but all of the tones seemed somewhat synthetic and/or thin if you know what I mean.

    In the end I play through a Hartke 1x15 for the one gig and a WalkAbout/GS-112 for the other... both produce a far superior tone.

    Remember, my ears don't mean squat to you, it's yours that count!!!
  3. Gaz Goldstar

    Gaz Goldstar Guest

    Jul 1, 2003
    Bristol, UK
    Has anybody got anything good to say about the Roland db900?
  4. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    At 140lbs it could also be used to anchor cruise liners...

    I haven't heard one myself, but I suspect that Roland has dropped the ball with this combo. If you're willing to carry that kind of weight, get a secondhand 4x10" (SWR, Eden, TE) pick up a Mackie M1400 secondhand, and use any old preamp. More headromm, same cost, it'll hold its value and you won't have to pick it all up at once.

    And if you want to go hifi, you could even ship an Acme Low-B4 over from the US for that kind of money.

  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Not completely related... but I played a gig last week at a club in Manhattan where the backline for bass was a db500.

    Now, I know backline house amps get kicked around a lot but this one was fairly new.

    I have to say I wasn't impressed with the sound, pretty woolly and got lost in the onstage mix.
  6. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    I was very interested in this amp a little more than a year ago and posted the following thread.

    I finally got to try one out about 10 months ago.
    Ultimately I ended up passing on it. I was impressed with the concept and cabinet configuration of the amp. But I was surprised how big a amp this rig was physically.
    My biggest concern was that the output was fixed at 320 watts max and there was no possibility to add a extenstion cabinet if I ever wanted to. There are no extention speaker output jacks in the amp.
    For me 300 watts of solid state output does not assure me that the amp wouldn't start distorting if pushed hard. I'd rather have more head room to work with just in case.
    Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to gig with the amp. Only try it out in a store, that didn't seem to give a crap.
    This is also a very pricey amp when bought new. I don't think it will hold its value in the long run if you ever wanted to sell or trade it.

    I was looking to downsize my rig and thought the DB-900 would be perfect. I ended up keeping my amp head and selling off my two 4x10 cabinets and replacing them with one high end 410 cabinet with casters. I made the right choice and it cost me a whole lot less money.


    PS - I still have the Roland brochure on the amp. Let me know if there's anything in particular that you would like to know specification wise.
  7. Gaz Goldstar

    Gaz Goldstar Guest

    Jul 1, 2003
    Bristol, UK
    Hi Bassman, I was wondering if there was an XLR input as well as an output so I could take an xlr lead out from the V bass into the DB900?
  8. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    There are two XLR outs. One is a straight line out and the other is a balanced DI output. There's also a balanced 1/4" line out.
    The only inputs are all standard 1/4 inch.

    If you would like to see for yourself, I have a scan of the spec page from the brochure showing the front and rear control panels. I can email it to you.

    Just say the word and contact me. All I need is your email address.



  9. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Look into the Peavey BAM 210. One of the best combo's and IMO the best modeling bass amp. :)
  10. XxBassmanxX


    Nov 21, 2001
    Rosman NC
    I tested one a while back and almost bought it. I had wanted one for a while but when i tryed it i found that it just wasnt me. The sound is nice and full but it doesnt stick out much and it takes some of the attack out of my sound. I could see this amp getting lost in the mix pretty easily. They are solid amps though and the preamp on it rocks. Oh the radiator speakers are really nice to, they really help you feel the bass even at low volumes. Definatly a sweet amp, just not my sound.

  11. Gaz Goldstar

    Gaz Goldstar Guest

    Jul 1, 2003
    Bristol, UK
    The thing I am finding time and time again at gigs is that my current rig is too loud! I have a Mesa Boogie 400+ and 1516be cab (which I am selling!). It is a sweet sounding amp that is for sure however, the point at which the amp really kicks in is usually too loud for the front of house sound engineer and they always get me to turn down. Booo! Also my band members are really fed up with me too as I blast their fragile tiddly widdly ear drums to smithereens every time I let loose in a rehearsal.

    I believe the DB900 delivers a full range (ie plenty of sub) at very useable levels. When we gig we always go through a house rig so major wattage (like my Mesa deals in)is just of no practical purpose.

    I plan on getting a V bass in the same package deal as well. I was kinda hoping someone out there has one, loves it and can boost my confidence in buying one. My only experience of them for real is playing the baby db500. I really loved it. It has this thing called power injection that gives you more thrust when you dig deep with your fingers. A little like a valve amp.

    I have to be honest, one of the real reasons I want it though is for reliability. Every single bass amp I have owned has gone wrong on me sometime. I figure it is because I play really hard. I have had a Trace Elliot ah600smx go down, a Polytone bite the dust, a Ashdown Mag 400 go screwy, my HH bass baby turned over and died.

    Please, someone tell me I am not mad and condone my plan!
  12. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Sounds to me that the DB-900 will nicely satisify your needs.
    Is there some place close where you could try one out, or would the amp have to be ordered in for you? I found the amp to be very versatile tone wise. The COSM and FFP technology in the amp proved to be very effective and useful.
    I can't comment on the quality of Roland's power amps, but the overall appearance of the DB-900 I played through appeared to be very well built.
  13. schlep


    Jan 25, 2002
    recently i read somewhere that Alain Caron was using 2 stacked DB500's. not sure why he was using that instead of a single DB900. stereo stuff maybe.

    i'll second recommending the BAM 210. nice combo.

    the only amp i never had fail on my was a Peavey, every other one (acoustic, musicman, polytone, ampeg etc.) did. :meh:
  14. I used a DB 900 in a rented out practice space. The thing had great low end and I got a very good sound. Unfortunately, it is way too heavy. I couldn't believe the weight when i tried to move it!

  15. jeff ward

    jeff ward Guest

    Jun 28, 2014
    Spector basses
    I have also been wanting to try one of these amps for a long while now. Today I ran across a DB-500 basicly the same amp in a smaller compact form. Same amp controls just 130 solid state watts into a 12 and a tweeter. PERSONALY I am a all tube kinda guy but I have to say the "tube" and "tube drive" settings sound prety awesome. As far as amps not being loud enuff to gig with as long as your amp has a mic on it feeding the pa and stage monotors u shouldn't ever have a prob. I have very loud all tube bass heads pushing 200 watts tube and when I play live in a big venue I can't turn them up enuff to get that sweet tube drive without the sound guy loosing his mind. Even my 50 watt tube head gets me introuble. That said I did a lot of "big" shows with nothing more than my roland cube 120 and it honestly sounded light years better with a mic into the PA then a lot of the other bands 8x10 monster ampeg rackmount beasts. If u can get great tone with anamp and your going to be playing shows with PA suport don't worry about it go for tone. The DB-500 I'd a bad ass little amp and with a more powerfull version in a better cab I would jump at the chance to buy a DB-900
  16. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    I,ve had a db700 for over ten years and it,s a lovely sounding combo.Extension speaker for these is a powered roland speaker and I,ve got one as well.Early ones were made in USA and were heavy,later series were made in china with neo speakers and are lighter but not as well made.
    you can store patches in the memory as well.Good reliable combos with a great sound but the world has moved on.
    Now I use a Orange Terror Bass 500 and a sp212 cab,lighter,smaller,more ooooomph and a small footprint on stage.
    If you can turn one up at the right price it might be what your looking for.
  17. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    NW Ohio
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    I used a Roland DB700 for many years, for all types of gigs. I replaced the stock 15 with a JBL K140, and the tone was wonderful. I oftened thought about getting the powered cab, but ultimately went with a lighter rig. Still have the DB700 though, and pull it out every once in awhile.