What amp and cab do you use with upright?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by fuzzy beard, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. As the title says. Also maybe a pic? And why you chose your rig.
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Welcome to the other side of the forest so to speak.
    Last time we communed you had that sweet little SB-12. That amp was intended for "String Bass". I'm kind of surprised that you parted with it.
    While it may not have been the most powerful bass amp in the world, it certainly had a nice tone palate. There are lots of nice little Double Bass Amps.
    Genz Benz Shuttle's, Acoustic Image, Euphonic Audio, Phil Jones Bass, and Markbass all make suitable combos. They tend to be a lot higher priced when
    purchased new. Gallien Krueger, makes very affordable amps like the MBS.

  3. Hey we had some great conversations! The sb-12 is gone I traded it for my first upright that I later sold along with some other stuff to fund my wife's maternity leave after denial from her work. But that great woman she not only gave me my 3rd beautiful child but then when income tax came around she bought me my 1943 Kay m1.

    But I am still a low wattage tube nut! It was a tough choice but I liked my Bassman 20 just a little mkre than the sb-12 so I kept the bassman. Its an awsome amp! Never have tried it with upright.

    But this thread was more just to see what and why others use what they use.
  4. Beard bump!
  5. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri

    Well it certainly went to a good cause, funny I thought we were living in the 21st Century where maternity leave was a given, just shows you what I know.

    I still have my Ampeg B-15N but it's just for recording, as I have other amplifiers that I gig with. Both of my main amps are Walter Woods, which I couldn't even afford to buy these days. Amazingly, I recently purchased a used QSC K8 powered speaker that works great with upright. Most players use the QSC K10, with some kind of pre amp to boost the signal. It's a very portable and, has two 500 watt RMS Power Amps built right into the speaker cabinet. The QSC K8 only weighs 27 lbs, while the QSC K10 weighs 32 and has a little bigger footprint and better low end response. Either one can usually be found on Ebay used.

  6. Those qsc powered pa's seem nice. But at that price point you can have almost anything you want. lol
  7. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Well the K8 from Pro Star Audio ran me about $575.00, so that wouldn't get you to far into the bass amp marked unless you were going to go with one of the new GK MB series combos or the Carvin Micro Bass amps that are really reasonable. Other that those amps you'd have to go used for a better deal. Probably the best bang for the buck is a Gallien Krueger MBS or MBE off the TB Classifieds. The least expensive micro heads are the GK MB200 or the Carvin BX 250.






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  8. I think I looked something up wrong seems I was seeing more 700 to 800 dollar range. Wich was getting close to the range of acoustic image and EA. I searched ebay but didnt see any used. Although that mb10 looks very nice at that price point!

    Any one else what are you using?
  9. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    the Carvin is a nice little box for the money. You really have to dig around on ebay to find the deals. Here's one I just found. http://www.ebay.com/itm/one-single-...o_Audio_Speakers_Monitors&hash=item4856db566c
  10. I use a smallish combo - a Fender TV 12 that's no longer made for some reason...

  11. I normally use a GK MB112 combo, which works great with either my magnetic or Underwood transducer pickups. Not so good with the Gage, which I only use for recording now.

    I've recently been using a PA bin, a powered RCF 12, which sounds brilliant! Lots of full-range joy, I recommend giving it a go.
  12. Don Sibley

    Don Sibley

    Jun 27, 2005
    Fort Worth, TX
    For very small, quiet gigs, I'm still pretty happy with my MB150S but with even a moderately loud drummer it reaches its limits quickly. I'm still trying to piece together a larger rig and I haven't quite put the pieces together yet.
  13. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Eugene, Oregon
    Looks like an old model. Maybe they're working on an HDTV 12.
  14. Probably with a flat speaker, I think.
  15. Ba da boom!
  16. ! Beard bump !
  17. right now w/my crappy upright I'm using an old Fishman BP-100 pickup going into a LR Baggs Para DI.

    From there the amp is a GK 400RB into a Bose 802-III Panaray on top of a DIY 1.5 cu ft ported cab loaded with a 1-10 Peavey bass driver.

    Actually works pretty well and between the ParaDI and GK I have a fair amount of EQ control.

    Will be switching to a nEARFUL 12/6/1 and Genz Benz Shuttle (model TBD) later this year once the savings program is complete ;)
  18. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Interesting setup. I once used a Fishman BP-100, driven by my Walter Woods MI-400-8, into a pair of Bose 802-III's. That particular speaker is very power hungry. Using the 10" driver on the bottom is a good idea, as the Bose were really better P.A. speakers, than they were bass speakers. The Bose Active Equalizer, that was used for FOH applications, emphasized the midrange. Since the BP-100 really emphasized the midrange, combining it with the Bose 802's wasn't the best match. I could improve it with the Model B Transducer Interface that Fishman sold as a buffer pre amp for the BP-100. The Baggs Para Acoustic DI is a more robust version of the old Model B.

  19. JeffKissell

    JeffKissell Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    Soquel, CA
    QSC K10 - (FEThead pre) - Troll ribbon mic.
    The QSC is only used about 1 in 10 gigs, mostly I run straight into the house.
  20. I found out about using the Bose's from reading here on TB what some of the more seasoned pros were using back in the 70s and 80s since I have a pair I use for announcing gigs :D

    Completely agree on your assessment on their capabilities, or lack thereof in some departments. The 10 makes a big difference and ideally I'd be using a crossover but somehow between the GK and the Baggs it works well enough. Esp given the rather poor quality of the bass.

    And I confess the transducer isn't exactly my favorite, but that's what I have to work with right now :(

    For a while I was using a Fender Showman driving an EVM-15B and Celestion 10" guitar driver (with crossover) for singer-songwriter band, interesting sound that worked well for that, but certainly not for jazz, bluegrass, etc.