Submitted July 1, 2012 by David S in Bloomfield, NJ
"Great sounding powerful head!"
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I picked up one of these to replace the aging Trace Elliot head I have been using. I tried one out at Larry's bass lounge in NYC, and liked it. I use it with an older Mesa/Boogie 4X10 cab (with Eden speakers).
This amp has a great tone right out of the box. The volume control is a master volume after the preamp, and the tone really starts to shine when you have the volume at about 6. I leave the bright and limiter switches engaged.
It has a super warm, clean tone with an amazing amount of low end. It won't get fuzzy like amps with separate gain and master volumes, but it does get a nice grind if you really dig in.
Using it with one 8ohm cab gives me 350 watts. So far I have played three gigs with it, one being an outdoor party. I had more than enough clean power.
Best of all, it sounds like me playing my bass, and not like what the amp sound like. If you are looking for tube sound, get this instead of some Ampeg junk.
It's a simple amp, which is what I wanted. My basses have on board preamps for song to song changes. I emanated something that gave me the tone of my bass, but louder. I had been using a BlueTube pedal for some tube warmth, and this gives me that in spades. The DI works great.
Ease of Use
The tone controls are mostly boost only, like on an old Fender amp, or something like the Alembic F-2B preamp. To set the amp flat, set tone controls at; bass = 3, mid = 10, treb = 2. I like to set them all at about 6-7.
Seems like a solidly made amp. I took a peak inside and it's laid out neatly with a large toroidal power transformer, and the Sovtec 12AX7 is shielded, which is a nice detail. The fans are quiet. Before taking it out on gigs I picked up a Gator G-PRO-2U-19 2 unite rack case to keep it safe.
For the price, this is one great amp. 500 clean watts with a great sounding class A tube preamp.
I may pick up an LH1000 just to have on hand. ;)
Haven't had an issue, but Larry is always very helpful on TalkBass and even gives out his own cell phone number.
The Wow Factor
Everyone has been commenting on how great the amp sounds. I also have a Trace Elliot and Mesa 400+, but they stay home now. The Trace is only 150 Watts. Great sounding head, but I needed more headroom. The Mesa is 350Watts, but weighs a ton. This head gives me my sound with all the volume I need.
Been playing professionally for 40 years. I play bass, guitar, keys.
Alternative, progressive rock, fusion, classic rock.
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