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Your Favorite AMP (head/preamp) and CABINET - Combination or separate

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FunkyLemz, Nov 25, 2005.


  1. FunkyLemz

    FunkyLemz

    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I know there have been a lot of threads about these specific favorites, but I thought I would start a fresh one, giving the opportunity for newer TBer's to chime in. I have an Aggie DB 750 - Whappo Jr and Im just about to pick up a thunderfunk to use with the Whappo and my Bergantino 2x10. I'm curious to hear what Electric bass players have to say about companies such as EA, ashdown, demeter, more accugroove combos, thunderfunk 550s, bergie 322's, or whatever you guys love.
    Thanks in advance,
    Mike
     
  2. In my opinion, you already have 2 of the best out there!! Thunderfunk gets the top nod for me with the 750 in second!

    edit - I forgot to add the cabs! My all time favorites are the Accugroove El Whappo and TRI 210 and anything Jim Bergantino makes!! I would love to have an NV610 for my T-Funk and 750 Jones's!!! ;)

    Peace,

    T
     
  3. Keeaumoku

    Keeaumoku

    Dec 29, 2004
    I, too, have a DB750. I find it to be the best hybrid, super-powerful amp out there. As you know, there ain't nuthin' fancy about the big, bad Aggie... basic eq's, master volume and gain. IMO, the effects loop is the only thing that's fancy on this beast, but for raw power, that can be tuned to sound as warm and sweet as a mother's lullaby... kinda hard to beat the DB750.

    I also have an Ashdown ABM500-RC Evo-II. This is a fabulous amp. While not as powerful, it has more tone shaping capability than the DB750, but this Evo-II has plenty enough power for most gigs... 575 watts! This amp has a couple of whistles and bells: a sub-harmonizer, and an overdrive. I use the overdrive all of the time to get the sound I like, and I'll use the sub-harmonizer on a handful of tunes. My favorite feature on this amp is the way-kool Vu Meter. I find it to be a nice "old school" touch.

    My FAVORITE AMP... is my Marshall VBA400. That would be 400 watts of all-tube tone and power- 8- 6550 power tubes! This is one hellava beast... she weighs-in at about 78 pounds! Since I got the DB750, I don't use my Marshall as much, but that's a good thing, as I'm prolonging her life. I've also noticed that not too many TB'ers have one of these, which kinda surprises me. IMO, I think a lot of people are a little wary of this amp. I belive they think that Jim Marshall only knows how to build little guitar amps, and he certainly does that rather well... indeed! The old man got it down on the VBA... trust me!

    I have two cabinets: a Bergantino NV215, and an Eden D410XLT... both are 4 Ohm cabs.
     
  4. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Keeping in mind that we are talking about "personal taste", here:

    I like G-K 700/1001 RBII. It just seems to be "my sound", frankly. I've tried a lot and, for my purposes and for the money, G-K is it for me.

    Cab-wise? I still have a ways to go before I can register an honest opinion on that one. I really like my Avatar and Musicman Audiophile cabs, but there are too many cabs that I haven't tried yet.
     
  5. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith

    Sep 9, 2001
    I'm still an SWR Professional Series guy.
    [​IMG]

    Someday, I might find something better, but thus far I haven't.
    I plan on an all-tube head in the future. It wouldn't replace my 350 head. It would just be an option...like another color. In hunting down my 2nd cab, I'm pretty much decided on SWR's Son of Bertha, but I want to check out the Big Ben yet.
     
  6. jacove

    jacove

    Apr 12, 2003
    Aalborg, Denmark
    Tonewise, the best I've heard is he Aguilar DB359...but overall the DB750 is probably the one amp I would go with if I should choose. Favorite cab.: Bergantino NV610
     
  7. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Out of my mind, back in 5 minutes! Supporting Member

    I have a Glockenklang HeartCore head and it it the best sounding head I have ever heard. Although it is only rated at 300 watts, I have never needed more power. I have used it with a lot of different cabs (Eden, SWR, Ashdown, Epifani, EA, and Bergantino) and it always works well.

    I LOVED my Epifani 2x12, but reached the point that I wanted a change. I've been using a Berg NV 610 - it sounds great too!

    Dan K.
     
  8. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    HIWATT DR103 w/ SE4123 is my favorite tonewise, it just sucks that they're so damned expensive!!! :bawl:
     
  9. d sage

    d sage

    May 16, 2005
    Cincinnati
    I have been putting together my pre/power amp and played it out for the first time last night. It is a BBE-Bmax on a Crown K2 on a Bergantino 210 and 322. It sounded great. Loudness wasn't my primary concern but we do have 2 guitarists. The tone is always gal #1 and it was wonderful I could dial in any sound I wanted and man it was deep as the Grand Canyon. :)
     
  10. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    the TF head is by far one of the cooler heads i've tried all year. :cool:

    and you cant go wrong w/ a DB750. and if you do, you're nuts. no really. i'm not kidding. really. i'm not making it up. it happens. think i'm joking? i'm sooooo not joking.
     
  11. FunkyLemz

    FunkyLemz

    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Aren't the HIWATT DR103 w/ SE4123 guitar amps?

    Also, I am very interested to hear some other Glockenklang user's points of view on the amps/cabs.

    Joker - I love to be told that my amp rocks - never stop letting me know I made the right decision :hyper:
     
  12. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    They're all purpose amps.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. FunkyLemz

    FunkyLemz

    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    C'mon let hear some other opinions....
     
  14. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    iAmp 800 -> EA VL208/110
    Articulate, but has nice lows for a mini; not thunderous, but sweet. Plus iamp is so versatile.
    I have a GS112 on the way. Once I try it, I have a feeling I'll be looking for another. Prolly sound good with my old Hartke 3500 too.
     
  15. Nightbass

    Nightbass

    May 1, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Another vote for the Aguilar DB-359 and an Acme Low-B2. It's just pure, wholesome, natural goodness.

    Van's iAmp 800 and EA NL-410 is one of the best combos I've heard that wasn't mine.
     
  16. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Love my EA Iamp800 and my EA CXL112s. Lightweight, loud and super clean!
     
  17. ArwinH

    ArwinH run rabbit run

    Dec 1, 2005
    Southern California
    I love my db750 and it sounds good with jsut about anycabinet taht I put under it. I played a two nighter where I didnt have room to pack my cabs and I played through a rented, beat up, older yorkville 115.
    I felt like duck dunn with the tone I had that day, and you can't beat that blue carpeting.
    I usually pair it up with 2 aguilar 210s and it kills in most respects, but I definitely think I can do better in terms of the cabs.
     
  18. draginon

    draginon

    Oct 4, 2004
    Can you shed some info on the tone of the BBE BMAX... I have been really looking at getting one of those lately. I have an SWR 4004 head (older model that has the rackspace under the amp) :) that I just bought and I want to keep my existing SWR tone but warm it up (not with anything tube because thats far too expensive). I was looking at the BBE BMAX preamp maybe you could tell me if the BMAX can assist my quest for inexpensive warmth
     
  19. Right now I favor a WWU into either an Epifani UL-110/UL-112 stack or a Bergantino HT/EX112 stack. Before I found the WW, I was using the AI Clarus II with the Bergs. It, of course, didn't have enough juice for larger gigs so now it waits as a backup. I also have an old SWR SM-400S that I love. I've had it since I started playing bass so I can't bring myself to part with it, loud-@$$ fan and all! :D

    My main rig for several years was either a Demeter 201s or a Raven Labs MDB-1/TBEQ combo into a Stewart 2.1, then into an AG Whappo, sometimes adding a Tri112 for outdoor shows. I sure do miss my Whappo but I do get to use it whenever I return home for the holidays. I sold it to a friend who opened a studio in Lawrence, KS.

    Recently I hooked up all four of my cabinets (1-10 + 3-12's) at once with the Demeter/WW/Raven pres into the Stewart and was blown away. While the cabs don't quite have the low-end extension of the Whappo, they cut much better and seem comparatively louder. I'm happy for now I suppose! ..... :help:
     
  20. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    My old Demeter 201 with Telefunkens is the best thing I've ever heard.