Re: acoustic bass amplification

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Posted by John Buchholz on July 21, 2000 at 09:23:31:

In Reply to: acoustic bass amplification posted by Kyle on July 21, 2000 at 01:44:06:

Bob has it just right. You really do need a preamp off your piezo pickups, or you WILL get the sound you describe. I myself use the Fishman preamp for bass. (I also have a Sadowsky outboard preamp-- but I find it accentuates the high end more than the Fishman does; I use it on my electrics.)
And I like the SWR Baby Blue II, which has two 10" speakers, and, to my ears, gives a clean rendition of upright. It has enough power for big band-- that's where I use it. But there are other, good, amps. Bob's right there too-- speakers smaller than 15's are the ticket.
One last thing. You can go to and read their artical on "amplifying the upright." You will find it in their "gear" section, if I remember right. (If not in "gear" it's there somewhere.)

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