Posted by DBAdude on December 29, 1999 at 21:28:25:
In Reply to: Good Gear posted by Jack Salem on December 27, 1999 at 19:23:11:
A good amp, eh? I think Steve's suggestion about going to a music store and
plugging your bass into a few of them is a good idea. You have to buy the amp
that sounds good to YOU, and not others. My guitars are a 78 Fender Jazz, a
98 Peavey Cirrus 5-String & a 99 Epiphone El Capitan acoustic/electric 5-string.
My original rig was a Fender 100 watt solid state head & a 15" bottom. Then,
since both guitarists in my band played through Marshall amps, I bought a
Marshall B150 Basstate (150 watt combo with a 15" speaker). My problem with
both these amps was that the 15" speaker did not project the high strings well
with a band around you. Raising the treble on the controls caused me to lose
the "Thump" in the lower strings. I looked at SWR but jeez is it pricey.
Back when I played guitar, I had good experiences with Peavey, and they are
considerablly less expensive than SWR for the same wattage/speaker area.
I traded in my Fender rig, and purchased the new Firebass 700 head(700 watts at
2 ohms, 450 watts at 4 ohms), a 210TX bottom & a 412TX bottom(Both bottoms have
a horn). For most bar gigs, the head & 210TX is more than enough for power, and
the horn has an attenuater for fine tuning. I bought the 412TX for outdoor gigs
during the summer. I am extremely happy with this rig.
Things to remember:
It comes down to NAME versus DOLLARS....an SWR version of my rig would run you
several thousand dollars....mine was $1500. If you don't need that much power
and are only looking for a small combo amp, make sure it has a horn. This is
critical to get better projection on the D & G strings. However, if you don't
get enough power, you can fry your speakers due to clipping! (A stronger signal
than the speaker was designed to handle). An example of this would be turning
all controls on your head up to 10 and playing continuously. If the speakers
weren't designed to take that much power, your speakers will die.
More speaker area means more fullness to the sound. A 2x10 has 20 inches of
speaker area versus a standard 15 inch speaker in most combos. The standard
rig I see in bands out there is a head with a 4x10 bottom.
Good Luck & HAVE FUN!
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