Re: Does anybody use a seperate amp and preamp?


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Posted by Ed on December 13, 2001 at 15:46:57:

In Reply to: Does anybody use a seperate amp and preamp? posted by Mike Leggio on December 09, 2001 at 22:41:10:

a lot depends on what kind of music you are playing and what you mean by a "spirited" drummer.
I've played with a lot of drummers that are not your quiet shy types, they play with a lot of power. But they don't just bash, they listen and what they play is serving the music. If they can't hear something then they adjust their volume til they can hear EVERYTHING. It's called being musical.
But that's playing straight ahead, if you're doing something like a jump band, then your probabaly playing loud enough that you are never going to get a sound that is "your acoustic sound only louder".
Coupla things:
1. if you are playing upright on one gig and electric on another, why not have two rigs? A Clarus and a 1 10 cabinet will be fine for almost every "jazz" type situation, get a second 1 10 or a 1 15 to add for those electric gigs and use the head that you're using now. That way you have maximum flexibility.
2. I say this based on my own bitter personal experience, I'm not trying to be mean. But when I was making the switch from electric to upright, I kept going through pickups, amps, speaker cabinets etc. trying to get a warm open focused centered sound out of the amp. Nothing really seemed to work. It never dawned on me that I wasn't getting that sound out of the bass.
If you're not getting the sound out of the bass, it won't come out of the amp. Work with your teacher on getting a good physical approach to the instrument, try to play as often and in as many different situations without an amp (I generally play about 50% of my gigs acoustically these days).


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