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Trace Elliot ELF

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by grrg63, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    Used my Elf out for the first time last Saturday for a 3-setter along with a High Pass Filter I just received into a low-end Genz Benz 112. No FoH for bass. Small club, holds 30-40 max.

    This currently replaces a GK-400RB-III being fed by an Alembic F1-X preamp into a GK Neo 112-II

    to be honest, once the band launched, I really didn't notice it sounding any different than my regular setup
    it got pretty warm, as I imagine it should
    no problems


    psyched =)

    1 trip in. 1 trip out.
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  2. StatesideRambler


    Jul 1, 2015
    Thanks for the report!
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  3. Buzter


    Oct 23, 2009
    Played one through an ampeg 1540he today. Sounded very big. Even at low volume. I will have it soon.
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  4. Zbysek


    Mar 23, 2017
    I just pulled the trigger yesterday and will use it for the first time tonight. Will report my experience...
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  5. Zbysek


    Mar 23, 2017
    I love the amp! ELF was able to deliver enough power to keep up with drums even though I was using only very small cabinet with 6' speaker at 8ohm. And the sound guy said that the line was excellent. ELF is a keeper.
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  6. Zbysek


    Mar 23, 2017

    Attached Files:

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  7. DonBorelli


    Feb 1, 2009
    Another happy camper here.
    First rehearsel with my Elf. Cabinet is a non-brand 4ohm 2x12 with Eminence Basslites speakers.
    It was a trio setup with a drummer and a guitar player/singer who was using a small (but very powerful) Tweed amp.
    I played my hybrid jazz bass with a precision neck.
    The amp was plenty loud - I only had the volume 9'o clock and my sound was big and articulate.
    Favoring the bridge pickup the sound was very nice and detailed - later I settled for a big fat sound, soloing the neck pickup.
    I've heard reports of the Elf being inherently bright and modern sounding in general.
    I thought the Elf also excelled at doing the big, fat, warm thing.

    All in all very happy with my new amp. It sounds great - and it's tiny!
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  8. StatesideRambler


    Jul 1, 2015
    I apprecite your reports, guys!
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  9. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    Are you in CR?
    I love your little cabinet, went to their site and sadly discovered the only location is in Prague.
    Please share details/feedback of your 6" wonder.

    Yeah, I said that.
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  10. jim nolte

    jim nolte

    Oct 26, 2006
    I just found out about the Elf amp and cabs a couple of days ago, due to a bulging disc in my back I can't lift anything over 20 lbs and these look like a godsend! After much research the only solution was the Barefaced 1x10 at 16 lbs. , expensive and I would need 2 of them for my needs, but the Elf being the same weight and less costly and paired with the amp seems to be the perfect match for my back as I have no gig worthy amp at the moment. Does anybody know what the cabinet is made from to be such a lightweight enclosure, is it wood or some other material? Jim
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  11. The Trace Elliot 1x10 weighs in at 16.2 pounds. No clue how it compares to the Barefaced One 10, having heard neither in person.
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  12. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    If bass player magazine is to be believed, it is Plywood.

    Review: Trace Elliot Transit-B Preamp, Elf Head, 2x8 and 1x10
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  13. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    Different plywoods have different densities/weights. The traditional birch is about the densest - with oakum core on the other end of the spectrum. Poplar is in between somewhere. Dunno if any "real" cab builders are using anything else these days?
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  14. Red Planet

    Red Planet

    May 29, 2005
    Talking Rock GA
    OEM Manufacturing Supplier

    I recently disassembled my Elf 2x8 cab and it is indeed made out of plywood and coated with a Duratex type finish. I really like this cab, it will take much more power than the Elf head can put out. I converted my 2x8 Elf from 8 ohms to 4 ohms and am powering it with a GK MB500 Fusion. This setup will get fairly loud. I still have the Elf head but reserve it for very small gigs. There is a 50-100 seat gig I plan on using the Elf head at soon.
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  15. Zbysek


    Mar 23, 2017
    Yes, I am. I am the first customer who asked for the 6micro to be built. They made it part of their standard production line after... I love the cabinet. There is BC speaker inside. It's the lightest cabinet which I have ever used (4kg) and it sounds better than number of bigger cabinets. The sound is articulate with sufficient bass frequencies. I am sure the company would be able to ship overseas...- the guy behind it is very flexible and helpful. Let me know in case you need any help.
    Last edited: May 21, 2018
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  16. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    @grinx: the Soundelirium builder's TB handle is @Nook.

    Do you happen to remember which model exactly?
  17. Zbysek


    Mar 23, 2017
    I don't remember, unfortunatelly...
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  18. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    Used the same setup as last week on this past Friday night. Another 3-setter.
    At the beginning of the second set, I had no sound. There was no Gain light but the Vol light was on (the one on the right)
    Settings were Gain (roughly 8 o clock) and Vol (roughly 9 o clock). It was sorta dark on stage, maybe someone moved my Gain knob to 0 between sets? Not sure.
    I bumped the Gain up and it started working again and worked fine the rest of the night.

    I'll keep bringing a spare amp until I can get 2 gigs in a row with no issues
  19. Zbysek


    Mar 23, 2017
    That might be the explanation. I have experienced that the knobs turn easily and I had to adjust them after they were turned by accident in a bag or by things being moved around them...
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  20. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    agreed on knobs move too smoothly (who complains about that?)
    it needs notches or detents or more resistance
    maybe some sneezed at Elf and.....
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