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Why doesn't GK "upgrade" the 2001RB?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ChenNuts44, Dec 7, 2003.


  1. ChenNuts44

    ChenNuts44

    Nov 18, 2001
    Davenport, IA
    In browsing, this question occurred to me. The 2001RB is effectively two 1001RB power sections. The 1001RB was modified, aquiring significantly more power in the process. Why not replace the power sections in the 2001RB respectively? 1400 Watts vs. 1080 Watts. Not a huge difference, but I've yet to hear a complaint about too much headroom. Just a thought...

    (It has also occurred to me that this would be a great way to deal with the surplus of the original 1001RB power sections. Also, the 2001RB is stable to 2-ohms on each side. Perhaps there's more to the magic than two 1001RB power sections, though I suspect something similar could be done with the new parts.)

    Edit: Added quotes to upgrade in the thread subject.
     
  2. It doesn't actually work the way you're describing. The power upgrades that happened in the 1001RB would not work in the 2001.
     
  3. ChenNuts44

    ChenNuts44

    Nov 18, 2001
    Davenport, IA
    Fair enough. :p Never seen the circuit.
     
  4. Maybe its "market driven"? If the head is still selling well, there may not be a need. Don't they still make the venerable 800rb? I don't think that's changed much since the '80s some time. And the Hartke 3500 (and 2000) are still around after all these years.

    And then there is an SVT . . . you can't upgrade that.
     
  5. I asked Bob Gallien about it today. He said it actually has never crossed his mind. He felt that there was too large of a gap in power between the 1001 and the 2001. It's already among the most powerful bass heads on the market.
     
  6. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    You also gotta consider the design now is flawless. Great sound and plenty of headroom. Plus its not that great of a seller. I can't find them anywhere except for order from Musicians Friend and other online retailers.

    ~Patrick
     
  7. ChenNuts44

    ChenNuts44

    Nov 18, 2001
    Davenport, IA
    Perfectly good reasons. I very much appreciate the answers.
     
  8. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    I've had my 2001RB for about a year now and believe me,there is no need for any more power than that thing puts out.I only run mine through a single 410 RBH giving me 700 watts and i've never run out of headroom.I am usually asked to turn down.BTW I also play with the -10db button pushed in......
     
  9. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    Where did you buy yours from? Also, how you do get a full 700 watts into your 410RBH? Wouldn't it only put out 540 with an 8 ohm?

    ~Patrick
     
  10. TRIPSTER

    TRIPSTER

    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    Randy bought his from me at the last winter NAMM show. :)
     
  11. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    Thanks for the reply Trip.xcental34x,to answer your other question you get 700 watts @8 ohms and 1080 watts @4 ohms when bridging the power amps on the 2001RB.:D
     
  12. It's actually 650 watts at 8 ohms bridged.
     
  13. TRIPSTER

    TRIPSTER

    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    650? That's like, Umm 1238.098.00008 metric watts or something. ;)
     
  14. ChenNuts44

    ChenNuts44

    Nov 18, 2001
    Davenport, IA
    :D
     
  15. TRIPSTER

    TRIPSTER

    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    I told Boob, Sorry I mean Bob to bump the freems to 823.0000000002 bertas. There there too many Joules and not enough ergs to make the things do that stuff, especially whilst wearing a space helmet and saying inane things like "rawk." OR, spelling words with numbers. That rules. Or rUlz. or DU U thenk I Shud 4get this post and go now? Bye...