which head do you use?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by barroso, Oct 5, 2001.

  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i just want to know which head are you using at the moment, exact model and why do you like it or not. i'm in the market for a new amp so i'd like to hear your feedback on your monsters...
  2. Mainly, a Carvin Series II R1000 for better than a year; 500 per side biamped, 1000W bridged @ 4 ohms.

    It's been totally dependable, flexible as all get out, can be very solid state or more "tubey" sounding, (it just has one 12AX7 in the preamp; Series III are tube emulation), especially with my SansAmp Bass Driver. No plastic knobs, ground lift switch, balanced XLR out, no fuses, decent compression. Cost - just $650 US and they ship worldwide in case you're interested.
  3. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    Im using an ampeg SVP-PRO preamp and a carvin DCM 1500 1500wt power amp and I could not be happier with it. I bought them both used and got the both of them for 740 bux total. !500 watts of fat ampeg sound for 740 clams, to me thats the best deal for sound I have ever come across and it all fits in 4 rack spaces. Oh yeah it sounds great too. I also have a dbx 160a comp and some other stuff but i usually take one rack (4space) if I need it all I can take it all.
  4. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    I have an SVT3- PRO, I like it a lot, because it has the world famous ampeg tube sound, and it's in the middle class, not so little, but not so outreageous. I reccomend you, but If you are planning to get a huge setup,as Thundersilk said your choise may be a SVP-Pro Preamp and a Carvin or Mackie, or whatever power amp you like.
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I thought this thread was about decision making ;) :D .
  6. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Carvin R600.

    600 watts bridged...300 watts per side. You can bi-amp it, run it bridged...run it in stereo or full range. Very solid. The head is removable from it's case so you can rackmount it if you want. A lot of options as far as tonal variation...basically any type of tone you want.

    More than enough power for any gig I play and the sound is awesome. Although because of the many options it takes quite a bit of time to get it set right.
  7. For now I use an Ampeg SVT-3 PRO or SVP-BSP heads, I'm looking at the Mesa Boogie Basis M-2000 and Sans Amp PSA-1 though as a new heads, along with MB Road Ready 2x15 and 2x10 cabs, I'll still use my Ampegs.
  8. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Carvin R1000 Series III Head.
    Extremely versatile, feature plenty.

    Sounds like sh$·$$ if you do not know how it use it, but sounds wonderful if you know how to use it properly.

    Very powerfull , the patch points are great, I have 3 effects loop , a direct XLR Out with Variable Level. Speakon conectors, etc etc.
  9. Steven Green

    Steven Green Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Mesa Boogie Basis M-2000:

    This head has so many controls on it, it'll make you run home to mommy!

    (love the tone!)
  10. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Gallien-Krueger 1001RB.

    A real nice head with lots of voicing filters. Sweet. I like a real transparent, crystalline sound.
  11. mgood

    mgood Guest

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Late '80's Carvin Pro Bass II. 200w x2 @4ohms, 125w x2 @8ohms. But a new Carvin R1000 is near the top of the "things to get" list.:)
  12. Ashdown ABM900
    Nice phat tone
    Quiet DI
  13. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    I use an Ampeg SVT3 Pro head. I like it a lot, classic Ampeg tone, not too heavy, and it was cheaper than a new SVT all tube head.
  14. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    SWR Interstellar Overdrive preamp
    Carvin DCM1000

    imagine an all tube SM-900. That's what this rig sounds like. with a twist of two knobs i can have ultra clean hi-fi bass, super warm demeter-esque tube hifi bass, all-tube-rig-run-clean bass, tube sound with a little crunch, or full out grit. but my rack weighs a little over 40 lbs, and i've got 1000 watts to play with.

    and you know what else? it makes a killer guitar amp as well!

  15. Rick Rice

    Rick Rice Guest

    Mar 26, 2000
    Jackson Michigan
    SWR sm400s , connectivity up the wazoo,stereo, 500 watts bridged to 4 ohm , 400@ 8ohm, reliable,portable , truly pro quality gear and certainly all this old bar-band bass player could ever need !
  16. gonzo85

    gonzo85 Guest

    Mar 25, 2001
    Whatever head your mom gives me.

    Sorry, I know it was horrible, but I'm immature, and I laughed.
  17. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Boy, I saw that coming.

    Eden WT-300. Read no further.
  18. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Hartke HA4000

    nice gear, a lot of sounds to choose frome....
  19. :D The almighty SVT (a real one, 1976). A pain to move around but the tone is worth it. It pretty much only has one sound but that works for me. Plus I rent it for $175 a pop to bands that come here to do shows :D
  20. Muttluk

    Muttluk Guest

    Jan 19, 2000
    Oakland, California
    Eden WT-800... the ending turned into a beginning, which lead to the path to the end. Welcome to the end my friend. :D :D