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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on July 11, 2001 at 08:22:47:

In Reply to: Stage Rigs posted by Rob Perl on July 10, 2001 at 15:10:37:


: I've been playing alot of Oldies Concerts lately. The Sound Company provides the Bass Rig; it's usually a low powered, boomy one piece rig (the kind Doo-Woppers love), used for stage volume, only. I'm not really a Doo-Wopper and I need to hear alot of midrange (I use a high-end rig).

: For those of you who play these shows, a question - Am I being unreasonable if I insist on bringing my own rig?

: The Sound Companies really want you to use their rig - It's easier not to have to change setups from one group to the next. Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing how other people cope with this situation.

Rob,
You hit the nail *right* on the head when you said it's easier not to have to change setups; having been a sound tech as well as a bassist, I can vouch that it's *much* easier to deal with a consistent backline on stage.

It's not unreasonable for you to bring your own rig - *if* there's room in the tour bus/van/whichever for it! The reason that concert riders specify that amps be included in the backline is that a *lot* of the Oldies bands out on the road travel in fairly small vehicles, and simply don't have room for much equipment.

Another idea would be to get something like a Bass POD, SansAmp, etc., then run it into the PA *and* the bass amp; it'll give you extra flexibility over your tone, and it won't take up a lot of space, either!

Hope that helps!

-Bob



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