Quilter Bass Block 800 Bass Amplifier Head (800 Watts)

Quilter Bass Block 800 Bass Amplifier Head (800 Watts)

The Quilter Bass Block slams 800 watts of power into a tiny, four pound enclosure. Gain, depth and contour knobs give you complete control over your sound.

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Submitted March 10, 2017 by Tom D in Worcester, MA
"Amazing!!"
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Small, light weight, powerful and simple that sums it up. It's so easy to dial in almost any tone you want. I have been using it with a 4ohm 2x15 neo Schroeder cab and an 8 ohm 2x10 neo cab and it sounds great with either.
Musical Background:
Been playing over 25 years
Musical Style:
Rock, Blues, Country
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Submitted July 8, 2019 by Matthew H
"I unapologetically love this Block Head."
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I'm not a bassist, I'm a guitarist who just plays one on stage. One of my favorite amps and amp concepts was the Crate Powerblock (which I still use as a travel/audition amp sometimes) - and the Bass Block is what happens if you make the Powerblock 1000 times better an at least 5.33333333 times louder (that's science, baby, I wouldn't lie to you.) Simply put - if you want stellar, clean power that you can put just about anything in front of but also carry around IN A BACKPACK, this is where it's at.
Sound
If you're coming in looking for a distinctive amp character sound... this ain't it. This is for clean headroom that allows you to sculpt your sound with pedals if you need to or with modeling... or for seriously hearing what your bass actually sounds like. For me personally, I've really come to enjoy it (and I lusted after the SVT grit sound forever) and I can't believe this does good of a job for the price.
Features
The power section on this is just unreal - I'm sure the wattage measure for volume is probably a little relative (then again, so is 1-10 or 11, right?), but I don't ever take it much over the "40W" marker going into a 2 x 12 cab (yeah, you read that right) and I've never had a problem keeping up with two guitarists and a drummer, either on stage or in our practice space. The EQ is a little weird if you're coming from a low/mid/high setup like just about every piece of equipment out there has, but it honestly ends up being more intuitive for adjusting to a room or different bass in front of it. I took a gamble on the line out, which I understand isn't "true DI" in the sense that it isn't an independent signal from the rest of the amp (so if you mess with EQ or volume, your FOH has to adjust on their end), but in the end I ended up pairing this with an MXR Bass DI+ for a FOH signal and to get another distortion sound, so it sort of renders that point moot. I also wish they'd put 2 Speakon jacks instead of 1 Speakon and 2 1/4" outs, but not the end of the world for me.
Ease of Use
I think the biggest learning curve on this is the EQ, but as I mentioned, once you understand it, it makes much more sense than your standard 3-band.
Quality
For as light as it is, it feels like a tank! The only thing I'd even be a little nervous about is the small mute switch - which just feels light because, well, it's a tiny plastic switch that you just tap, no need for a big ol' mechanical clunker, right? And as silly as it seems, just the basic case is still a great touch.
Value
I was very much on the fence between this and the Mesa/Boogie Subway series, and I think if they had been the same price (and both available from zZounds with pay as you play) I would have probably ended up going with the Mesa ONLY because of the name... but I don't at all regret going with this instead. It's done everything I've asked of it.
Manufacturer Support
Haven't had to deal with them directly but a big reason I purchased was that it seems like they're extremely good about direct support (including from Pat himself!)
The Wow Factor
Would this blow me away as a gotta-have if I had the funds and the means? I mean, tonally, no - alone, it's not tickling my ears, but it does rumble the rump in a rather pleasing way (hey, this is a safe space, don't judge my kinks.) But as someone who needed (fine, WANTED) a physically-smaller bass amp that did the job so I could keep spending my money on rebuilding crappy guitars instead, this 100% does the trick.
Musical Background:
15 years of guitar, bass, drums...
Musical Style:
Radio-friendly metallic-tinged hard rock
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Submitted January 27, 2018 by Pete Hardy in Little River, SC
"Amazing"
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I've tried a few different amps for my upright bass, I've found the perfect one now. This is compact, powerful and easy to dial in your perfect tone
Musical Background:
Been paying over 35 years, I play Upright and electric bass
Musical Style:
Rockabilly, 50's Rock N Roll, Surf and blues
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Submitted May 6, 2017 by Dale H in Charlottesville, VA
"Just buy it!"
This amp blew me away! Nice clicky knobs, awesome build quality, attention to detail, unmatched tone, and enough power to gig with and keep up with a drummer. I would buy this ten times over. Current cab is the Hartke Hydrive 210. Quit dicking around and just click "add to cart" already! You won't be disappointed.
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