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« on: June 03, 2010, 10:52:31 AM »

Hi,

I already have a Alembic F2B paired with a Crest CA-9 into a Berg AE410, but I'm looking to try out another preamp to try out for something different. I"m also considering selling the Berg and replacing with two cabs (one 8 ohm 410 and 1x8 ohm 115.)  The Berg just seems a little too articulate and slightly sterile sounding to me.   Maybe I'm just getting antsy, but looking for something with more low-end booty shaking.) I play mostly old skool funk and rock.  I was considering an Ampeg SVP, but am open to other suggestions for pre's and cabs that work well together....Oh yeah, and overall cabinet weight is also a consideration.  Epifani? Aggie? Orange?

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Ken
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 11:15:13 AM »

The house rig I play on a church (it's actually another player's) is a Thunderfunk through an Eden 410XLT. Simple, but the TF sounds great, and there is something about that low-mid hump that Eden XLT cabs have that just really works. It's a huge sound and will not be denied its place in the mix. It's far from sterile but by no means muddy. I'd take that sound on any stage for any venue, any time.

Can't go wrong with Ampeg though. I have two Ampeg rigs.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2010, 03:38:21 PM »

Kern IP-777 is an amazing preamp for clean tones; it doesn't grind like a Sadowsky SA200 head but man, it's unreal and quite versatile.

Check out the commments on Talkbass.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2010, 06:42:24 PM »

HI

Might wanna try a Berg HS410   More booty than the ae

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2010, 09:23:54 PM »

As a DIFFERENT approach have you ever tried sinking the cable straight into an Avalon U5 (pure class A) & then direct to the power & using only the pre on the Sadowsky for tone shaping ? The U5 has a HI Z input w/ a boost circuit (which can be bypassed) so you can set output level to suit your bass vol.control preference range. As a bonus option, it has some useable passive tone contour presets (a variety of "scoops"). This unit is the best TONE PURIFIER I have ever heard ! Just a thought. ("Bass Player" has something re. this on file someplace)
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2010, 05:09:13 PM »

Try a Vanderkley VA615 Tube preamp and cabs. (Dutch)

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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2010, 07:23:13 PM »

I currently use a SansAmp RBI and an Ampeg SVT4 Pro... gear is all rackmounted. I also have an Ampeg SVT810E.

I just roll them in, plug up the power and hook up a speaker cable and I'm good to go. 

I don't know what you're after, but I figured I could post what I use anyway.
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2010, 07:33:39 PM »

I'm a big fan of Bergantino cabs. I second Bikeplate's suggestion of trying the HS410... but really, see if you can find an NV215 to try. They're bigger than the 4x10 but manageable due to the built in castors and grab handle. Weighs a bit more than the HS410, but well worth it IMHO. It's got all the booty you can handle and then some  Grin

Preamp-wise, hard to say. I like the old 1.5 rack space Demeter VTBP-201: clean, somewhat hi-fi, but nice and warm. But I'm much more of a vintage tube head guy. So I say ditch it all and get a 70s SVT to go with your NV215 Wink
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2010, 08:58:53 PM »

I just put together a new rig that I am very much enjoying. It is some what of a mini monster. It's a Markbass F1 and two Aguilar DB112 cabinets. It pushes big time for it's size, and sounds killer with my Sadowsky PJ 5.

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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2010, 02:11:31 AM »

+1 on the Markbass / Aguilar combo!

I play a MB SA450 with either a 4ohm db212 or an 8ohm db112.
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2010, 06:00:42 AM »

I know that Roger is done with the Sadowsky Audio line, but I would have love to see the preamp section of the SA200 release as a stand alone unit. I really liked what I heard when I tried the SA200, and I'm sure that the tube power amp had a lot to do with it, but I also really liked the concept behind the preamp section.

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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2010, 03:31:52 PM »

Genz Benz Shuttle (or Shuttle Max) -- I happen to have the Shuttle 9.0 -- with an Epifani 3x10 cabinet works for me!!!

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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2010, 11:58:09 AM »

Genz Benz Shuttle (or Shuttle Max) -- I happen to have the Shuttle 9.0 -- with an Epifani 3x10 cabinet works for me!!!
FWIW, I'm really enjoying my GB Shuttle 9.0 - what a terrific amp.  I marvel at the sound, and then giggle like a schoolgirl at every load-in/out.  These days I'm mostly using one or two Bergantino HT112ER cabs, and I'm really enjoying the sound.  Plenty of oomph - to the extent there's occasionally too much low end - and amazing tone that cuts but still maintains the character of the bass.  My RV5 sounds terrific through this rig, as does the M5-24...even though I still prefer the Epifani cabs with that bass.
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2010, 12:54:02 PM »

Genz Benz Shuttle (or Shuttle Max) -- I happen to have the Shuttle 9.0 -- with an Epifani 3x10 cabinet works for me!!!
FWIW, I'm really enjoying my GB Shuttle 9.0 - what a terrific amp.  I marvel at the sound, and then giggle like a schoolgirl at every load-in/out.  These days I'm mostly using one or two Bergantino HT112ER cabs, and I'm really enjoying the sound.  Plenty of oomph - to the extent there's occasionally too much low end - and amazing tone that cuts but still maintains the character of the bass.  My RV5 sounds terrific through this rig, as does the M5-24...even though I still prefer the Epifani cabs with that bass.

Yes, that Shuttle 9.0 is a fantastic amp, isn't it?  Once I got my passive (1966 Jazz Bass) and active (Sadowsky NYC 24-5) settings dialed-in, it's one awesome "set it and forget it" setup!
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