Submitted December 30, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"Hartke, where have you been all my life?"
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I don't plan on buying another amp anytime soon, this amp does everything I need it to.
If you're looking for a loud, warm, clear bass sound with lots of headroom then this is the Amp for you. I really love this amp. It sounds a lot like the old Bassman I was using, but when I turn it up it doesn't get fuzzy and distorted. It really has a great sound to it.
I like the 3 Band EQ, no overthinking or messing with a bunch of slider switches. I pretty much just set it flat and adjust the volume. The limiter and Bright switches are pretty cool, but I personally don't use them. The two modes, Dual Parallel and Bridged are pretty cool too. I use a 4x10 and a 1x15 cabinet and the balance knob is a really cool feature too.
Ease of Use
This thing is idiot proof. Four knobs and volume, just plug and play.
I would definitely invest in a rack case for this amp, but other than that it is quite sturdy. I've dropped it(in the rack case) and had it knocked over, etc. and have had absolutely zero problems with it. I gig with this amp 2-4 times a month and it has yet to let me down.
For the money you cannot find a better amp. You're paying like $.50 a watt. Compare this amp to other tube preamp/solid state power amp style amps from guys like GK, Ampeg, and Mesa and this amp is a better buy for a much easier pricetag.
I haven't had to use customer support, but Larry Hartke himself has published his phone number on the talkbass forums a couple of times. You don't see anybody else doing that.
Professional Bassist with 15 years experience
Punk, Rock, Metal, Country, Blues, Folk
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