The ultimate rig

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chris, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Mar 18, 2000
    San Diego California
    I'm going to be coming into about 2 grand within the next couple of months and I'm planning to spend the majority (if not all) of it on upgrading/replacing my rig. As of now I'm thinking of going with the SVT 4pro and a BSE 410HLF, then adding another 410HLF down the road. If anyone has any rig suggestions or comments on my selection, please let me know. Thanks a lot.

  2. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    For around what you are looking to spend, I just finished building my newest "Ultimate Rig" (although I think this one is a keeper).

    Walter Woods Hi-Power Amp
    Flite Sound 2x10 (w/ 5" midrange+ tweeter) cabinet
    Flite Sound 1x15 (w/ 5" midrange) cabinet

    Aside from sounding great, the entire rig weighs under 75 pounds!!
  3. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    lets see...

    2 grand could get you a modded all tube SVT and perhaps a SWR Goliath SR, or an old ampeg 8x10...

    2 grand could get you a used alembic f1-x and a carvin 1000 watt poweramp, and you'd have 1300 for speakers left over...

    i think my rig cost just a hair over 2k brand new, but if i could do it again, i wouldn't have purchased the bass 350 and went right to the seperate poweramp/preamp.

  4. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Just get an SVT4 and a Classic Series 8x10, a real modern classic. If you want the Ampeg sound, this is it.

    I wouldn't get an SVT4 and a BSE410hlf because you're pairing up a budget cab with a pro level amp. You'd be better off distributing the wealth more equally.
  5. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Eden WT800 and D410XLT, 8 ohms. You can then mono-bridge for 800 watts. You'll encounter few gigs where this rig won't rule.
  6. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Chris, I just suggested the Ampeg rig because it seemed like you wanted Ampeg, but keep in mind that everyone's perfect rig is subjective. The best thing for you to do is go try out stuff for yourself, and at the VERY LEAST get an idea of which company's sound you like.

    May the FORSFYD be with you.
  7. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass Guest

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    the svt 4 is a tube preamp with a solid state poweramp bulit in.... i don't get why people don't realize this.... just buy a freakin svp-pro and a poweramp, its cheaper, more versatile, potentially more powerfull, or lighter, or maybe all of them if you shop right.
    I'm not saying it's your dream setup, but IF you like ampeg, or any other specific brand's signature sound, and it's a hybrid, just buy their preamp, and get your poweramp of choice. Especially if its one of the higher priced models, like the svt4 or the swr900. I'm not an expert, but i can think of absolutely no positive change in sound by geting the hybrid over the pre/power setup.
    Please don't flame me, especially if you're a proud owner of a quality Hybrid Amplifier.
  8. count_funkula

    count_funkula Guest

    Dec 13, 1999
    Greenville, Tx
    You can get an awesome Carvin rig for around $1000 and spend the rest on a new bass. I have the Carvin RL610. It's a 2x10, 1x15 and a 600 Watt head. Sounds very good and has a lot of versatility.

    Give them a look.
  9. eViL cAkE

    eViL cAkE Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Just East of Dallas
    Here's my dream rig:

    Fender Roscoe Beck Signature 5 String Bass with D'Addario XL's conventional roundwound strings (.050, .070, .085, .105, .135)

    Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 5 String Bass w/Piezos with Ernie Ball Flatwound Strings (.045, .065, .080, .100, .130)

    Mesa/Boogie Basis M-2000 simul-state head

    SWR Goliath III (4X10's + tweeter) cab

    SWR Big Ben (1X18) cab

    BBE Sonic Maximizer

    BOSS Pedal Chromatic Tuner

    Digitech Whammy Pedal

    Moogerfooger Low Pass Filter w/expression pedal (makes it into a wah)

    EBS Octabass

    Moogerfooger Ring Modualtor w/expression pedal (lets you can manipulate generated pitch)

    EBS Uni-Chorus/Flanger

    Demeter Tremulator

    MXR Phase 100

    Rocktron Banshee Talk Box

    Monster Cable Performer Series Bass Instrument Cables

    ...and there she is,
    eViL cAkE
  10. eViL cAkE

    eViL cAkE Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Just East of Dallas
    Oh...woops I just made a totally random reply. I didn't catch that you were asking for suggestions for a $2000 rig.

    My mistake,
    eViL cAkE
  11. For just a few hundred more than $2000 you can get a Mesa-Boogie 8x10 and Mesa M-Pulse 625 (?) head. I played one and It was the sweetest thing I had ever heard.
  12. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I'd do this...

    SWR Big Bertha
    SWR Goliath III Jr
    G-K 1001RB

    2x10 to keep clarity, 2x15 to keep the expressive bottom end, and the G-K 1001RB to add the sterile quality. :)

    That's my dream rig... I think it's a little over 2k though.
  13. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    I think your rig is gonna be very nice, chris, but I would change one thing. You are getting a pro series head, but only a B-series cab? B series is Ampeg's bottom-of-the line. Getting a pro series head and a B series cab is like living in a $1 million house and driving a 20 year old toyota corolla. It just doesn't make sense to me.

    But, if you really are happy with the sound of the BSE 410HLF, more power to ya. The worst thing you could do is take my advice if you were really content with the BSE. Ok enough of me ranting, FORSFYD and all will be revealed.

    Just so you all know, my future rig is an Ampeg SVT3 Pro with an 810E cab. :cool:
  14. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    I also was wondering about your selection. The SVT4 is a good choice, but the b series cabs aren't the best. I have the BSE410HLF cab and do like it, but the tweeter control isn't the best. Even through the speakers are the same as the ones in the SVT cab, they do look different and have different cab shapes.
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Ampeg SVT II PRO & SVT 810!!!!! That's all you'll ever need!!!
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  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    Nino, is that a Sadowsky I spot? Or a Fender?
  17. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely Guest

    Mar 27, 2000

    Whats this?? Nino doesn't have his Spectors!!!!!:D
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It's actually a Warmoth bass I built. <a href="">Click here</a> to see the thread I started as it was being built.

    Honestly, since I have my Sadowsky's, the Spectors just hang on my wall. :(

    AMPEG is the way to go. (<font size=1>stay on topic,stay on topic:p</font>)
  19. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    That analogy would be better suited if he were using a Squire through this amp.