Upright Amps?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Wxp4759cb, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. Wxp4759cb


    Nov 23, 2000
    Columbia, MO
    Is there anything special about amps made specifically for upright? I've been using my BAM 210 with my upright as of now. Would a upright amp sound any better?
  2. Yeah, they're not voiced. In other words, with the eq set flat, the frequency response will be flat. Bass guitar amps are not flat, they are voiced to make the toybass sound like more than a slab of wood and wires. The result is that they don't accurately reproduce the sound of the doublebass.
  3. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    DK is correct. Plus, Plank amps are engineered around magnetic pickups with a nominal impedence in the 6-12k Ohm range. Piezo pickups, which are the most common means of amplifying real Basses, have nominal impedences in the 1M range. It's just one more thing that makes it more likely that you'll have unintended tonal consequences . . .
  4. music=energy


    Nov 25, 2001
    New Jersey
    I actually play my upright through a Hartke 4x10 w/ a Hartke head. I feel that their aluminum cones are very good at interpreting the sound of an upright(eventhough I chose to sound more like myself). It's only worth the backpain for bigger gigs w/ my "nutty chaotic medieval drum'n bass" band but if I could haul it to jazz gigs, I would. My GK sounds like butt. I suggest you try the Hartke Kickback model.
  5. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    I would add the Contra or the Clarus head to choice of amps. I chose to get the Clarus head to use with different speakers and I found the Acme B1 (4ohm 110) to be really compatible. Very uncolored sound and enough volume for gigs with drummers who know how to play low. The tone is very full and clear out of this combination.
  6. In case anyone's interested, there's a Contra for sale on ebay right now


    Its a floor demo, but I don't know if its the old or the new model.

    Have a happy.

    Mike G.
  7. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    check out Euphonic Audio's stuff. Great EQ for both electric and double basses and their cabs are hifi enough to send all that upright lovin' thru.
  8. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    EA is terrific. I just picked up an old VL110 to use along with the B1 and it is great for both electric and upright. I actually prefer EA for electric gigs since the lows are really focused. For low volume gigs I like the B1 for the way it handles the uprights low notes.