TC Electronic introduces BQ250 & BQ500 Ultra-Lightweight Bass Heads

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  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    TC Electronic describes its new BQ-series as "a revolution in portable bass amplification, packing more bang for the buck into an ultra-lightweight micro bass head than a warehouse full of discounted fireworks!"

    At 250 and 500 watts respectivel,y the two BQ heads provide bare-bones bass power for the stage, the club gig or the home studio.

    The MOSFET preamp and a custom-designed 4-band EQ provide a "tremendous tonal palette" and "realistic tube-like sound and feel."

    The built-in Thrust compressor circuit allows a wide range of dynamic expressions, making the BQ series ideal for any playing style.

    Made for the pragmatic bass player who wants a versatile no-nonsense rig, the BQ amps feature a headphone output and an AUX input, to let bassists groove along to their favorite tracks without waking the neighbors.

    Learn more about BQ250 and BQ500

    Available early Q4 2018

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  2. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
    Sign me up! Everything you need, and NOTHING you don't. I love the form-and-function concept.
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  3. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    And the people say.... “Amen!”
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  4. azfatboy


    May 11, 2016
    So, replace toneprint with "thrust"? Actually, even with the loss of flexibility, this is probably a fine trade-off for most bassists. I am intrigued...
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  5. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    And no tuner....

    Now that i'm thinking this thru a little more....

    The thrust compressor thing is probably one of those deals that you have to experience to understand. It may not be that "kind" of compression, but a compressor you can't turn off has me a little leery...

    Still, if it's basically a BH-250/550 with no tuner and no tone print, that would be fine and make good sense. I do like that variable-eq thing they do on the tone setting knobs. (cue the sound effect for the can of worms being opened) Just wish they would be more forthcoming with their power. It it 500 watts at 4 ohms...?
  6. amper


    Dec 4, 2002
    The compressor can be shut off via a switch right next to the knob.
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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    is that correct? the pics seem to show an on/off switch for that feature.

    price point?
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  8. amper


    Dec 4, 2002
    More importantly, what kind of compressor is a "Thrust compressor"? tc electronic's budget line of pedals inherited from Behringer doesn't have a "Thrust" pedal, so presumably this is something new, I am guessing a single band analog compressor derived from the Forcefield pedal.
  9. amper


    Dec 4, 2002
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  10. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    I love TC and own a BH550. The demo is terrible IMO. The bass thru the BQ sounds dead. I don’t like the name, either. BQ reminds me of BBQ.
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  11. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    I think UR right. Missed that...
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  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i'm intrigued, too. but for "most bassists," trade-offs might include the price of the thing --- maybe we'll find out more about that, soon --- hopefully!
  13. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    I have the same questions.

    Is it 500w RMS or 500w peak? Are they 500 real watts or is TC going to say "It sounds like 500w" when pressed?

    Why would you advertise a 500w amp as something "for small gigs?" 500w is a lot if you have the right cabinets.
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  14. brocket


    Sep 12, 2017
    Coastal NC
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  15. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Seems and looks fine for the price and possibilities. Could be a good amp.
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  16. amper


    Dec 4, 2002
    My first bass amp was a Trace Elliot Series 6 AH200 that I got used for $250. at 8th Street in Philly, back in the early 1990s. By comparison, the BQ500 seems like a good deal for a new player.

    And, NGL, that Trace Elliot was probably all the amp I've ever *really* needed, and I could probably have saved myself a metric crapton of dinero had I simply stuck with it.
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  17. amper


    Dec 4, 2002
    I wonder if the BQ series fits the RS210C?
  18. DonaldR


    Mar 26, 2012
    Don't see the point compared to BH250/BH550, losing toneprint, losing tuner, gaining a bit in size and weight.
  19. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    Pure analog, or does it still digitize the signal like their old amps?

    As to MOSFET sounding like tubes, I generally subscribe to this famous quote over in one of the Fender forums more than a decade ago:

    The only people saying MOSFETs are tube-like are people that are trying to sell you MOSFETs.
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