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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chronosx65x, Jun 4, 2004.
Please tell us what bass head you use,why you like it, and what bottom you use with it.
NO!!! Not again!!! See thread below:
It's not the same? "show your amp" vs "what head do you use and why"?
Anyway I use an Eden WT-800 head. I like its sound, it is very clear and true to the sound of my instrument and my fingers, so to speak. It has also a nice EQ section, but it sounds so sweet flat - I almost never use the EQ. Only every now and then a little up on the Enhance control for that modern "smiley-EQ" sound.
I am still waiting for the Accugroove Tri-112 cab that I'll use it with, though. They are building it right now, I am being told.
I'm using a Glockenklang HeartCore - it is the closest thing I have found to a totally uncolored amp. I use it with one of the original Epifani 2x12's - which does add some tones of its own but sounds great.
My only beef with the head is that I have to run a fan on the amp fins to keep it cool- it generates a lot of heat! Anyway a small fan permanently attached to the rack case does it - I have it controlled by the power conditioner, so when the amp is on, the fan is on. At a slow speed you don't even hear the fan.
Yorkville 400B. It was $230 CDN.
Thanx guys for the info. its nice to hear what you have and why you like it, instead of looking at pics of peoples setups. i didnt ask to see your amp, especially from a guy whose name is needmorebass,lol
I've had a GK 400RB since 1988 but it's getting alittle scratchy and can't be solved. So I was using a Peavey Firebass new/leftover at a store to hear a cab I was thinking of buying and was quite surprised by the tone,power,quietness more important price of this amp. I will deffinately be watching for a good used one to pop up.
Ampeg SVT-100. I use it because it was a fun amp to restore and has a great growl. It's been said to sound very similar to a V4B. I've never personally used one, but from the couple I've heard at my old job(running sound), I'd agree.
I'm currently running an Aguilar DB680 preamp into a DB728 poweramp, and running that into an Aguilar GS212 cabinet. Sounds great with my fretless but, unfortunately, not as good with my Spector.
Next piece of gear on my want list is a new fretted bass (Probably a Jazz... thinking of a Lakland Skyline JO5). Eventually, I may add a GS210 cabinet to help cut through the mix better, but that won't be for quite a while.
I've wondered a lot about this comment. How do you know it's "uncolored"? What if, in reality, what you don't like is an uncolored sound, rather, you like the way the Glock colors your sound, and that is what you use to compare other rigs. Maybe an Eden WT-800 is the "uncolored" sound, but that's not what you like?
It's like, what if the color we both call blue is really blue to me, but what you're seeing is green?
then one of you is colorblind haha. unless both of you are and it turns out the color is like black.
I called it that because I've compared the head in different recordings with recordings of the bass alone and the sound is exactly the same with or without the amp. In addition, I've tried the amp with a lot of different cabinets, including some extreme hi-fi speakers and the sound is different with each.
If the head was producing a sound of its own, I would expect that there would be some similarities between the sounds from the different cabinets and that there would be diffences between the recorded sound of the bass, with and without the amp.
Maybe the amp does have coloration, but it certainly has less than any other amp I've heard!
Line6 Pod PRO -> Carvin DPC1000 -> Bergi HT/EX112
Demeter VTBP-201S -> QSC PLX1602 -> Bergantino HT322
Rich, tubey, organic, punchy, big & bold tone.
Ampeg SVT-CL, Acoustic B3
Ampeg SVT 3Pro -> SansAmp Bass Driver DI -> Ampeg SVT 1540, cause I like to push air. OK, so I never get to turn it up but I like knowing I have plenty of headroom and I dig the way it sounds.
I've used G-K's, Ampeg's tube and tube/ss models, and Peavey in the past. As far as the heads I've tried, my personal favorite is an early 70's Ampeg SVT, but I also like the current SVT-CL. It's eq section is very easy to use, and IMO it's hard to sound bad through an SVT. The SVT-4 is also a great sounding head if you prefer a tube/ss head.
I have a G-K1001RB in the 2-10" combo form that's a real workhorse. For a punchy, clean tone, they're great. G-K's eq section was a little harder for me to get used to, but I'm now accustomed to it, I feel it works really well.
From a value and reliability standpoint, IMO the Peavey heads are hard to beat.