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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Silas Caldwell, Jun 9, 2021.
TalkBass, What Is The Best Amp You've Ever Played Through?
On a big stage?
The side fills assuming pro gear and a good man at the monitor mix position!
SVT w 8x10.
About 10' out in front of that is what heaven must feel like.
Genz Benz Streamliner ( still using it )
SVT/810 in a provided backline once.
Very tough to decide which of the amps listed below were my favorite:
• Late 60’s Ampeg B15
• 1990’s Walter Woods - Bag End 115
• SWR Baby Blue 2x8 combo
• Demeter VTBP - Demeter VTHF 300 - Demeter 3x10
But, all things considered I might conclude that the WW and Bag End combination was my favorite for electric bass.
Aguilar DB751 with Aguilar DB410, Pinnacle of cleanness.
Mesa Bass 400+ with Mesa powerhouse 4x12.
Swr Redhead combo
Mesa Bassbuster 200 with a 4x10" SWR goliath
This one , that's not me , that's my buddy Bruce .
Ampeg SVPCL pre, Crown XLS 1500 , fEarful 15/6 and 15 sub .
I’m going with my first amp, a Traynor combo, that I got Christmas in 1984. Of course it’s not the “best” sounding amp I’ve played through but arguably the most important. Discovering myself as a musician and bassist as an eager teenager was a magical time that is absolutely impossible to capture again.
SVT + Fridge, I miss that.
I have had various iterations of rack amps that all sounded really great. Even though it is old by today's standards the Yamaha PB1 with a couple thousand Watts of awesome driving a couple stacks was really awesome too. But there's now way I'd carry that again.
Mesa Titan V12 and Ampeg SvT7
I'm gonna go w/ the same response I had in this thread and this thread:
I've played through a number of bona fide badass rigs over the years, including a couple of state-of-the-art fullrange PA systems that were scaled down (only slightly!) for onstage bass amplification, Trace-Elliott's top-of-the-line monster rig from the late 1980s, a gorgeous Epifani/Lab Gruppen/Aguilar stack that one of the local rehearsal studios keeps as its house bass rig, plus all the cool stuff I own or have owned over the years...
...but the one that immediately springs to mind when I think Best Amp I Ever Played Through was a bog stock Ampeg SVT from ~1975 that belonged to bassist Matthew Gruenberg and lived in a rehearsal studio tucked away in the back of a woodshop in an industrial warehouse in Hoboken NJ. That freakin' thing sounded amazeballs. It made every bass I plugged into it sound better than it had any right to.
SVT Pro 7 through my Ampeg 6x10. Bought it to flip it but got a few practice sessions in just to enjoy the tone. Then I would pick it up to remind myself why I wasn't keeping it.
My amp i currently own.
Yeah... Not much experience but its goooood
Played Dino's ballroom in Minnesota back in the late 70s. I was in the warm up act and the bass player (ironically nicknamed Roadie) in the main act (Flight), let me play through his Acoustic rig. Might not have been a 320 head, but all I remember is that those 4 15s seemed to push a lot of air.... and I didn't even have to load in or out.
I loved my Marshall VBA400 (gone, but not forgotten...) and Trace Elliot heads of the 90's, now I have a tiny Markbass, but I do not use amps live anymore: all digital and very happy about that, even if i miss the big stacks due to my emotional attitude
The next one I build, hopefully.
Then: Fender Bassman 50 head with the twin 15 cab. That amp never let me down. Never had to turn it beyond 1/2 volume, even outdoors. Now: Gallien Krueger MB115.
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