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Posted by anonymouse on November 16, 2001 at 12:12:36:
In Reply to: Re: speakers for fretless bass posted by Mickster on November 15, 2001 at 08:10:23:
I use a SWR Workingman 10" (which has a tube preamp)for jazz and other small size gigs. Its small, light and relatively inexpensive (~$450). Playing a 3/4 upright and electric fretted/fretless basses (generally Yamaha). I use a $100 K&K preamp for both my acoustic and electrics which I clip to my music stand.
With the 10", I can get the sounds I need including the "warm woody" sound. I tried 15" SWR Workingman side by side with the 10" - the 15" was better, but not enough to justify the additional size, weight and cost.
For upright, a real good rig is a Bag End 15" with a Walter Woods head.
: : I've got a '79 Fender fretless basss, maple neck. I play jazz standards and swing tunes. Any recommendations on speakers/amp combo that would bring out the "woody" sound of a stand-up bass or somewhat close to it. I play small clubs.
: Hey bass4pro, what's up? You've asked this question at the right time. About a month ago, I bought an Ampeg B100R Rocket bass amp. It sounds nice and warm, perfect for fretless. I have a fretless MIM Fender Jazz. I bought it only because my 15 month old Fender Bassman 60 went kaput; I don't know what happened to it, it just croaked. Anyway, the Ampeg sounds a lot warmer than the Fender. It's supposed to sound a lot like the 60s Ampeg B-15 amps. I've never heard one of them, but, this amp does sound great. It's got a gain control which the Fender didn't have, and it's got low and high midrange controls. It also goes pretty loud for a 100 watt amp with one 15" speaker. Another warm sounding amp is Ashdown. They make a bunch of amps, but, their Electric Blue series combos are great. They're 130 watts with either a 12" or 15" speaker. I've played both, and liked the 12" better. The weird thing is that I bought the Ampeg ONLY on the recommendations of others, and the fact that Ampeg has a very good reputation. The only drawback about the Ampeg is that it doesn't have a jack for a second cabinet, but, if you play small clubs, this thing will have plenty of volume. To check them out, go to www.musiciansfriend.com and to read
: reviews on them, go to www.harmonycentral.com
: I very highly recommend this amp, just as others have recommended it to me.
: Good luck whatever you buy.
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