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First Bass Topic GAS 13 years 8 months ago #388

So...no bass players here?
Well let me kick this one of then and since this is mainly a gear oriented website what better way than to expel some GAS.

Starting with the instruments, lets just say my hearth nearly stops at the sight of a Warwick Vampyre or a Dean Razorback V and any of ESP's signature basses :woohoo::silly:

Now, for amps, I'm really looking foward to get an Alesis RA500 but would love to get my hands on one of those little Mark Bass amps

For FX the choice is easy lol, SansAmp RBI or PSA-1.1, ElectroHarmonix Bass Muff (thoug i'm building myself a EH Russian Green Muff)

But on a more realistic wavelenth now, I'm really considering a Bass V-Amp and a Rockbass Vampyre

Re:First Bass Topic GAS 13 years 8 months ago #389

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Nice. Thanks for starting off the bass thread. Figured we'd leave it until someone felt like posting - which is sad since I'm partly a bass player myself.

I think Ampeg or Mesa bass amps should be on your wish list, knowing you do metal.

personally I have a Galien Krueger 400rb head and the original SWR Goliath 4x10 cab. Not bad.... wouldn't mind something a bit more powerful though if I were doing live gigs again.

You'll have to post more about your custom Green Muff project. That might make a cool article or post on the site.

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BTW - looks like the Vampyre LTD is recently on sale - $1000 cheaper. Still pretty costly though!

Re:First Bass Topic GAS 13 years 7 months ago #391

Well, to be honest Ampeg does not seduce me all that much and so does all that valve stuff. You could convince me to buy a hybrid with a valved pre like the SVT Pro but what I've learned is that I rather carry more gear than be stuck with a combination that can't be changed like a combo or a head. What I mean is I could buy an SVT pre if it was significantly better than a Sansamp RBI or PSA but I would still use an SS amp

As for Mesa, never tryed it sadly.

I'm currently finishing a SansAmp GT2 clone so it'll be a while before I have money to build the Green muff but I promise I'll post something. By the way, why not start a DIY Thread here?

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A Do-it yourself thread would be good. There actually is a "Gear Mod" section of the site, in the Articles section that would be a good place to put articles on some of these more successful projects too.

Re:First Bass Topic GAS 13 years 7 months ago #402

I'm glad to announce (not that you guys really care lol) that I ordered this week an ESP LTD AX-104 Bass. It's due to be delivered at the store before the end of the month. I'm really exited with this acquisition, I sold my RBX374 for 250€ (minus 16€ of shipping costs) and going to buy the ESP for 295€, great price IMO.

So, guess I just expelled some of my GAS, it's not a signature model but it's still an ESP and the shape is wicked cool.

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congrats! That is a bummer that gear costs more in europe. In the US you can get that bass for 243 euro with free shipping.

Is there any gear over there that you can get for BETTER prices than in the US? I've always been curious about this.

Re:First Bass Topic GAS 13 years 7 months ago #404

I'm from Portugal which makes things even worse on the prices matter but there is a store near my university that is making really great prices.

To tell the truth I'm not really into the usual prices in the US but from what I've read in forums and stuff there are some brands that are cheaper here, mainly EU made brands like EBS.

But check out www.thomann.de or www.musicstore.de to see prices in Germany which are usually the lowest on Europe.
BTW, if your interested here is the link for the store I was talking about www.lismusica.pt

Just out of curiosity, is the used gear buisness there really growing? Here there is a really growing used market because of "the crisis"...

Re:First Bass Topic GAS 10 years 1 month ago #827

Hi bassmen

Its a time ago this thread was started. But I have to answer, beeing a bassman since 1975.

Markbass-stuff is fine, I own a Little Mark II, a lightweight amp with a heavy tone. 300 Watt @ 8 Ohm, 500 Watt @ 4 Ohm. Together with a SWR Workingman 212 with Beyma Neodymium replacement speaker a sweet sounding halfstack. Light and powerful. And I use it for hard rock / heavy metal. I have a visual sound "Jeckyll and Hyde"-pedal. I only use the distortion effect, no fuzz for me.

You can dial in distortion, tone and how loud the effect should be compairing to the original signal. I love the bass.boost - knob on it, and I can get fine slightly overdriven tubey sounds out of my lightweight half stack.

BTW, I have much more rigs, much more power and much more speakers. I play in 3 bands, two of them real heavy bands. One hard rock band. OK....

I love hybrid amps. The newer tube circuits are able to get a fine tubey sound. Lets talk anout GenzBenz Streamliner, available in 600 and 900 Watt @ 4 Ohm. Three tubes in the pere's circuit and a Class-D - Poweramp. Tubey goodnes. :P

Talking of GenzBenz, I have the bigest one: GBE 1200, 1200 Watt @ 2 Ohm, 1000 Watt @ 4 Ohm, 550 Watt @ 8 Ohm. Two pre channels, one solid state, one with tubes. I mix this two cannels and get the best of boith worlds: The punch and the clarity and definition of solid state and the grind of a overdriven tube. :woohoo:

Same system with my old Peavey T-Max. Two channels,. one with, one without tubes.Best "No-Ampeg-Ampeg-Tone" ever heard! F*ck SansAmp and co!

Next rig: an old Ampeg SVP Pro Preamp with a 2 x 700 Watt @ 4 Ohms poweramp. This is the Ampeg - tone! It's the pre used oin the legendary SVT II, the one rackmount with the graphic EQ. I love this pre!

Even Markbass has its lightweight class-D - amp with tube. It's called F1. 500 Watt @ 4 Ohm and a fine sounding pre.

I bought my Marshall MB 4410-combo because my SWR Redhead died and I needet an amp imedialely. I was touring in Italy, and I needet an amp this evening. This was a Marshall, and it was available and cheap, and I bought it. Wooow, my suprise! This hybrid amp has a fine-tubey sound, having two channels, one with, one without tube, and a blend-channel, where you can blend the two. So fine! I loved this amp from the beginning. So up on a second 410, ad there it was, the new 8x10-fullstack. The only thing: The MB 4410 is heavy, 51 KG. Having some high-end - amps I kept the amp for my rehearsal room.

It is a bit more complicated with the T-Max and the Genz, because you have to play with channel volumes to get the mix you like. But you will be satisfied.

Even Ampeg goes lightweight, If I had to choose, I would take a Ampeg SVT 7 Pro. Ampeg-pre with a 1000 Watt @ 4 Ohm class-D - poweramp. Only 13 KG, no need lugging around a 28 KG SVT CL.

But if you like full-tube - amps, you are welcome.

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Cheers - Uwe

Re:First Bass Topic GAS 10 years 1 month ago #829

Hey guys, (very) long time no see.
Well, I never stopped visiting the site but for some reason just ended up not being in the forums.

So picking up on Kong's post, a lot of stuff went by since I was here and I feel like I have a bit more to contribute now.
The GT2 never came to be, I messed up bad with some components and the thing never came to a decent shape so...no samples.
The LTD was a disappointment, compared to the Yamaha RBX is an expensive piece of firewood, my hope is to make it somewhat better with some nice Delano pickups.
I've tried the Jeckyll and Hyde, loved it actually but was not what I was looking for. I tested it in my new favourite store that has all the boutique brands and gets me better prices than the German online stores.

Those are some VERY nice rigs Kong, amazing really. Let me tell you about mine:
I'm using an Ashdown Little Giant 1000 that has two independent 500W 4Ohm amps in a half rack unit with 1.5U height. It is not the most resilient amp though, I was a bit stupid and managed to burn one of the poweramps by sending to much signal into the line in... The other is still working so not to bad. I use this with TC Electronic BC210 and BC212 which are amazing cabs. My Warwick WCA211 Pro had a more HiFi sound but the TC are awesome also and the 12" do add a bit to the sound.
As for effects I got a Source Audio Bass Multiwave Distortion and it blew my mind, not for the classic tube-like drive (although I recently got close) but for aggressive, over the top and just plain wakky distortions that's THE pedal.

I've tried the new Fliptop Ampeg and didn't like it that much, I usually use the 4x10 Ashdown MAG combo on the studio and like it a lot.
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