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Re: 15" vs. 12" for double bass

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Posted by Ed on December 06, 2001 at 12:48:15:

In Reply to: Re: 15" vs. 12" for double bass posted by David on December 05, 2001 at 19:31:21:

Well, make up your mind about what you want, a rock rig or a jazz rig. There's not gonna be a single simple solution.
I've played through a Reazer's Edge 10" and 12", they both sounded great. I've heard a couple of cats playing the AI head (is that the Contra? I can't remember)and an EA 1 12 cab, cat got a great sound.
I've seen MacBride at the Vanguard with Bobby Watson, he was using a 12" Polytone. I don't know anybody in NYC that uses a 15" for upright. Gerald Cannon was, but ain't no more.
What's a "private cruise gig"? the last boat gig I did was all upright and I used the Roland Cube (with a 12") that was the "house" amp with no problems.
If you're not doing jazz gigs, but rockabilly or "swing revival" and you aren't worried about getting a good reproduction of your acoustic sound out of your amp, just about volume, then maybe a 15" is what you need.
But as far as getting a big warm open sound out of the bass like Ray Brown and Christian MacBride, well those guys get that sound out of the BASS, not out of a speaker.

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