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 Post subject: Bass Practice Amp
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:47 pm 
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Sharon and the girls bought my oldest grand daughter a bass amp yesterday form BC. After A/B ing the Fender Rumble stuff, The Crate BT50 won out. 12" Spkr. 50 Watts , Built in tuner and enough effect stuff to drive the luck parents crazy. The octave doubler effect is quite neat. She's already playing the flute and piano.

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While I was there comparing stuff , I ran across a used SWR LA8. This little 30Watt , 8" speaker highly competed for tone with the Crate. Amazing tone for such a small little amp. I was so impressed with it I bought it for the studio. It would have made a more portable practice amp for Miranda but they had it on Police hold for 15 days and I couldn't pick it up before her birthday (first year teenager) Saturday. It's in layaway till the hold expires.

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The new Line 6 Lowdown 110 is spectacular too...

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I have a fender rumble 100 and it's pretty much a bully for a combo amp.
never knew crate was such a good tone making company. i just remember the heavy metal combos they sold in the early nineties..hmm?

i was thinking of trying that bass recording technique from the article that was posted in this section under cures for muddy bass..which is; to record a direct signal with preamp, an amplified bass cab with microphone, and an islolated mic recording of the string play on the neck in a different room for a total of 3 tracks all performed and recorded at the same time.

now..i just have to read the article again. i love the bass.

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correction...the article was scooter b's post under 'bass guitar' thread.

there it was explained about mic'ing a bass cab and mic'ing the pickup area of the bass isolated for string attack eq'ing...or suttin' like dat

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The new Line 6 Lowdown 110 is spectacular too...


I hear ya brah! I scored a Line 6 low down 150 this past summer and it's been a welcome addition to the studio. The on board tuner, groovy presets and line out are my favorite features. I had A/B'd it at home against a Gallien Krueger and the line 6 was just too fun. A little (OK a lot) hefty for a practice amp but great bang for the buck


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whoops joel wrote:
never knew crate was such a good tone making company. i just remember the heavy metal combos they sold in the early nineties..hmm?

i love the bass.


I always avoided the crate stuff myself until recently. Years ago they tried so many different marketing schemes like actually putting the amp in a crate. The Marshall full stack copy was horrible. Since I bought the crate tube V32 celestion spkr. guitar amp (plenty loud) I have been pretty satisfied with the tone. The clean channel is super and the dirty channel has to be turned up pretty loud to start breaking up. I use a 5 watt Epi tube class A for that bluesy breakup. Because my positive experiances with my V32 , I tried the little LA8 and was presently surprised. I would have never believed 30 watts to an 8 inch speaker would sound so clean. It also will tuck underneath the V32 on an amp stand , thus saving valuable floor space in my already crowded studio. I have always recorded bass direct into the recorder before. Now I'm gonna mic the cabinet and run that thru a tube pre and see what happens.

I love playing bass too , now that I don't have to play covers anymore.

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Those old Crates seemed to be pretty cheesy (admin. note) but the cute little white ones I see at Banjos 'R Us sure look mighty tasty.


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The V5 , 15 and 32 ? series? They are more of a tan colored tolex with gold hardware. I don't remember seeing any white ones. You need to plug in one and check 'em out. My Ric 330/12 sounds killer thru the V32.

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I hear ya brah! I scored a Line 6 low down 150 this past summer and it's been a welcome addition to the studio. The on board tuner, groovy presets and line out are my favorite features. I had A/B'd it at home against a Gallien Krueger and the line 6 was just too fun. A little (OK a lot) hefty for a practice amp but great bang for the buck


I have been a dedicated Nemesis (Eden) 210 combo user for 10 years, but I am really intrigued by the Lowdown...not because the Nemesis doesn't totally rock, but because my support experience from the company (Eden) has been so horrendous. Two years, four trips to the factory (including numerous offers from me to PAY for a replacement amp chassis) and a promise a month ago that a new amp and tracking number were on the way, and I have still received nothing. At times my amp sat for months in a corner while somebody was "looking at it" only to have it sent back still unplayable. I have no problem with the company just saying "Hey-it's old-get over it" but they have insisted on being "helpful" while prolonging the matter for two years.
When (if) I ever get the amp back (they still have my old one) I will probably sell it and get one of the bigger Line 6's-though I wish the amp had some sort of POD interface-ability.

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Dang , that's about like my dealings with Alesis. Never again.

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Dang , that's about like my dealings with Alesis. Never again.

Sorry to hear that...borrowing a bass amp for two years (Sometimes I work 2-3 nights/week) has been REAL fun.

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I must be getting old. Someone said cheese and I missed it. [bows head in shame]

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 Post subject: Re: Bass Practice Amp
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Now I got two of 'em the Ibanez fretless sounds soooooo smooth thru them both. I connected them together tuner out jack to mix in jack of the other. A 60 watt studio tone monster now. :D

I've always been a fan of bass reflex design cabs.

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mrskygod wrote:
Dang , that's about like my dealings with Alesis. Never again.


Add Steinberg UK to that list. Amazingly, the guys they have manning the tech-support line don't get paid. They get free software from Arbiter (Steinberg distributor) instead!

Completely lacking in any motivation and surly into the bargain, I wish to flip someone - Yamaha!? - would sort this damn mess out.

I wish I had some cash for that Line 6 baby - I bet it sounds peachy.

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Yeah and Gibson , and Hammond is as bad as it gets. Fender was pretty snotty on the phone the other day for a company that holds 10 grand of my money.

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The v32 is nice....like you said, much better clean, 'cos you gotta turn it up to loud for it to break...

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