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two basses, one amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by freshyk, Aug 6, 2007.


  1. freshyk

    freshyk

    Aug 23, 2005
    Australia
    A question:
    To facilitate bass lessons with a teacher & student plugged in at the same time, is it possible to use only one amp?
    For example, could a crude splitter at the input be used to play two basses (both passive) simultaneously through a single amp?
    Is this idea dangerous, stupid or otherwise unadvisable?
     
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    There is no problem with doing that.
     
  3. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    Detroit
    I'd worry about gain level fluctuations as two instruments vary the line voltage as they play.

    Get a little Behringer UB502 to blend the signals together.
     
  4. i'd prefer one bass two amp.
     
  5. Jazzman

    Jazzman

    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    You should try to find a used Raven Labs MDB-1. It is an amazing unit that has a buffer on all inputs.
     
  6. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    At the volume used for lessons it shouldn't be any big deal. The cheapest morley a/b box has an A+B switch.
     
  7. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    And an expensive, but VERY nice option is a Radial BassBone.

    bassbone-3d-setup-labeled.
     
  8. Visirale

    Visirale

    Mar 23, 2003
    Orlando
    Or just get a cheap a/b/y box. Or make your own...
     

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