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Re: Stage Rigs

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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.

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!


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