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Trace Elliott Amp - a lemon now?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by buldog5151bass, Oct 22, 2003.


  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I'm getting back into playing seriously, and looking to get a larger bass setup. I had played Trace Elliotts in the past, and was considering going that way. Why were they discontinued, and if I get a used rig now, am I setting myself up for problems?

    Thanks for any info
     
  2. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    They were purchased by Gibson several years ago and i guess Gibson was looking to move them out of the UK for cost purposes? Ultimately, I guess Gibson decided to give up the ghost and drop the brand as it probably wasn't making much money for them.

    There are certain models that are better than others. I have an AH200 (Series 6) that I absolutely love. i have had NO problems at all with it and i highly recommend if you find one at a good price. I also have an old Trace 500-watt power amp that was definitely pre-Gibson and it is pretty sweet, even considering its age.

    So if you can find a Series 6 head or a pre-Gibson, you're likely to find a good piece of equipment. The good thing is that you should be able to snag something for relatively cheap nowadays.
     
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Gracias dude. Here is what I am looking at - the 7210H (from the 7 band series - 300W in a combo with 2 10" speakers and horn, with 15"). It is a year old, and in good condition. $750. Seem like a decent deal?

    My Ampeg B15T, while I like the sound and convenience, just does not cut it for all gigs, since we sometimes play small clubs, and bring the small PA (therefore I can't get as much as I want from the PA).
     
  4. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    The combos are a different story and i have no experience with them. I recall reading some less-than-favorable comments about them on this board, however.
     
  5. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    getting warmer
    I had a chance to play through a 300watt 410 Trace combo once. WOW, both in the tone and weight departments.
     
  6. I have a little boxer 15 as my practice amp! Very simple and small. I usually just use headphones with it.
     
  7. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    If you look around and get a good deal on a decent state piece of Trace Elliot kit you shouldn't have any problems - even the post Gibson stuff was fine (in my exeprience anyway, I bought an AH500 with 4 x 10 and 1 x 15 Trace cabs only a couple of years ago and they were fine.....then my back went funny on me and I downsized to Ashdown gear!).

    Now that is a thought, as Mark Gooday - one of the Trace Elliotdesigners/top management type people now runs Ashdown - which are very nice pieces of kit and might well be worth you checking out!

    There is alos at least one company over here that specialises in service and repair of Trace Elliot gear - I believe that they were Trace employees who were redundant after Gibson shut down the UK manufacturing.

    Gibson have resurrected the Trace Elliot name but so far only for acoustic amps!
     
  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Nice of you to give the information. I guess my only concern is if there are TE-made chips in there - if so I may have problems getting parts for repairs. I'm gonna demo it this weekend.
     
  9. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland

    I don't know that they custom made any components....anyway, the guys at GM Audio here in the UK www.gmaudio.co.uk would be able to put your mind to rest.
     
  10. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    The place I currently rehearse was set up fairly recently (middle of last year) and uses TE bass gear that looks pretty new - AH1507 heads and 1518 or 1153 cabs. I don't know where they got them and I'm not blown away by their sound, but they seem like newish bits of kit.

    I'd suggest trying a range of gear - but don't discount TE and dont' discount used options if you can check them out thoroughly.

    Wulf