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Thunderfunk TFB420 initial impressions

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Chef, Jun 15, 2005.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Got my new TFB420 in the mail yesterday;) I'm mostly playing thru and Eden Navigator/QSC-PLX1602 right now. I also have a bbe-bmax in that rack, and a tuner. Kinda heavy! I typically play mostly upright anymore, but do have jobs where I play both. The Eden Nav/QSC combo does both admirably well for me, and if I need to "a stronger" electric tone, the bbe brings it in spades.
    While some DB guys will scoff at the eden navigator, I like it quite well for DB-it provides big, round,full warm tones, and has a broad eq section which helps dial in a room, or dial out bad tones/feedback issues. Perhaps I'm not someone who prefers "sterile hifi" as his sound...I've not had a chance to play with something like an I-amp 800 that would fill that ticket. I think that the I-amp might lose some ground to other warmer setups for electric...For me, the Eden Nav doubles real well.
    The Thunderfunk's eq section is dang near the same, and as such I'm on friendly and familiar terms with it. The 420's timbre and enhance functions seem, intially, to provide much greater response than similarly laid out eden or similar swr's.
    I played it thru a Schroeder 410, Henry 8x8, and Avatar 112 in the shop last night, and I'm quite pleased with the results.
    Initially, I think the TFB420 easily hangs with the Eden Navigator in terms of ease of use: It sounds great for electric set flat. Similarly to the Eden, dial out some mids at about 750khz, and it's a nice upright tone...
    While it may not provide quite the overall volume and headroom of the 1600 watt QSC/PLX, I think it will be quite adequate in terms of volume.
    I'm curious to see what the "tube emulator off" switch on the new TFB550 does. For some of the guys who want a more sterile sound, this might make the TFB550 the cat's meow. However, I did not find the TFB420 overly warm, and not at all crunchy. It's certain miles and miles cleaner than either the Mesa 400+ or 1965 Fender Bassman I had at hand.
    More after a few jobs with it, but for now, I'm quite pleased.
     
  2. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Used the tfb420 with an avatar sb112, and my old King with a bassmax on it, and it worked pretty nice!
    Had the tf420 set flat except for pulling mids to about -12db at ~800 hz, and the timbre set to two clicks to the right of center. Nice round sound, plenty of power to spare...
     
  3. Tumbao

    Tumbao

    Nov 10, 2001
    FL
    one month later... ?
     
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    About the same...I like it a lot! I sold my mesa 400+ (it was not clean enough to double with). I bought an eden wt800b, which is very similar to the navigator. The 4 band para eq in the TFB420 is a nice difference to have, and the timbre knob maeks a big difference too. The TFB420 is a recommended piece of kit as far as I'm concerned. Every bit as good as the eden for my purposes, and as I noted, I like the eden stuff.

    The TFB550 with "the tube emulator off switch" would add some headroom (nice!), and clean it up a bit (though by all accounts this is a *very* subtle differnce). I find the eden and TFB to be similarly clean enough for me when used for DB.