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Yamaha TRB 6 (MIJ) vs. Peavey Cirrus 6 (MIA)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hgiles, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
    What are your thoughts? It looks like these two might fall in my budget and I do like a clean clear, undistorted tone. Which is more highly regarded. Better made?
  2. Cleanest clearest is Conklin groove tools

    Chording isn't bell clear on either listed basses
  3. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Groove Tools eh? Maybe they're clear too, but TRBs are known for being pretty bloody clear. See John Patitucci for a reference..

    I vote for the TRB, but I'm biased. If you're needing wide spacing you'd want the TRB.
  4. musicianary


    Jun 23, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    A thousands times, the TRB! I had the 5'er, and I regret ever getting rid of it.
  5. Another vote for the TRB.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    TRB here.
  7. Once you're spending above $1500 (new) "quality" is just about a non-issue. What you should be concerned about is feel and tone. Both the Cirrus and TRB6 wil do clean and clear just fine but they are TOTALLY different basses in terms of feel and tone.

    For tone, you'd be better off checking out YouTube vids but I can talk about how they play. The Cirrus necks are considerably thicker front to back but thinner from the bass to the treble side thanks to the Cirruses smaller string spacing. The TRB6s tend to run heavy, 10-12lbs for the ones I've owned/played. They both have really comfortable bodies both sitting and standing. One thing I can say about their respective tones is that dead strings on a Cirrus (and just about any bass with the turbo pickup configuration minus Spectors) are D. E. A. D. The TRBs tend to ride strings out more evenly.
  8. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I've had two TRBs - a 1st gen TRB6p and a TRB-JP, and both were flat out amazing. Solid, killer tone, clear and articulate. I had a Cirrus, too. Never like it enough to even gig with it.
  9. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    Please clarify; I don't understand the reference.
  10. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    The TRB6p would be my first choice then I would go with a Peavey Cirrus 6. I have owned the first edition TRB6p's and that was a smokin' good 6'er. Build construction and feel to rival the best of them. Before the TRB6p I owned a Cirrus 5 from 1998 and it was also a fantastic bass but just a notch below the feel and sound of the TRB.
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I am a TRB6 fan too. I had one during the early to mid 1990s and it was as nice as any bass I have ever owned, including my Alembics and Ken Smith. I would totally rock a Cirrus five, but I would much prefer the wide and flat profile of a TRB for a six.
  12. Two pickups set close to the bridge such ad Ken Smith, Peavey Cirrus, Modulus Quantum, Euro and USA made Spectors, Roscoe's, Foder Tom Kennedy Signature and other like them.
  13. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Doesn't make sense to me that pickup position makes for a deader string sound.
  14. It's not that they sound deader, it's just more apparent when the strings are dead. Fresh strings sound amazing on a lot of these basses.
  15. thewildest

    thewildest Supporting Member

    May 25, 2011

    I have a TRB 6ii MIJ, and I will ask to be buried with it when my day comes. I play chords constantly, sometimes arpeggiating them with my right hand as you would play a guitar... sounds like a soprano guitar... super playable, very clear.
  16. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I vote TRB