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    My top 3 in order are:

    Mesa Boogie M6 Carbine through a Mesa Boogie Diesel 410

    Trace Elliot AH350 through a Trace Elliot 1048 H-C

    Ampeg PF500 through an Ampeg 410HLF

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    My top 3 in order are:

    Mesa Boogie M6 Carbine through a Mesa Boogie Diesel 410

    Trace Elliot AH350 through a Trace Elliot 1048 H-C

    Ampeg PF500 through an Ampeg 410HLF

    I always wanted a Carbine. I could never get a straight answer about their tone from the Talkbass gang.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
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    #125303
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    My top 3 in order are:

    Mesa Boogie M6 Carbine through a Mesa Boogie Diesel 410

    Trace Elliot AH350 through a Trace Elliot 1048 H-C

    Ampeg PF500 through an Ampeg 410HLF

    I always wanted a Carbine. I could never get a straight answer about their tone from the Talkbass gang.

    I am terrible at describing tone, but here’s what I can say about it.  It is very punchy, and has a bit of growl, to my ears.  I love the way it sounds!

     

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    My top 3 in order are:

    Mesa Boogie M6 Carbine through a Mesa Boogie Diesel 410

    Trace Elliot AH350 through a Trace Elliot 1048 H-C

    Ampeg PF500 through an Ampeg 410HLF

    I always wanted a Carbine. I could never get a straight answer about their tone from the Talkbass gang.

    I am terrible at describing tone, but here’s what I can say about it. It is very punchy, and has a bit of growl, to my ears. I love the way it sounds!

    That’s likely what I would love… If in fact your description is an accurate representation of what my ears perceive to be the same! lol.

    I tend to glamorize amps and seek them out for the wrong reasons. I love aesthetics and so the architecture and color schemes always lure me in. As a result, I was always drawn to Mesa and Trace, because they light up, are my favorite colors, and they simply look cool!

    Those two companies have been on my radar for well over a decade, but whenever I get my hands on them, I can never find a tone that I like. In contrast, I think that Markbass is the ugliest crap this side of the Pecos, but some of it sounds stellar.

    I love the style and tone of my Ampeg V4b, but its more expensive big brother, the Heritage SVT, is as boring as could possibly be… However, I love the tone so much, that I’ve actually been searching for new cloth for it for a few years, and I’m considering having a custom control plate made.

    I’ve also found bliss with my Mesa PH412. It sounds like the hammers of Hell and it’s cooler looking than Darth Vader.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    #125312
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    My top 3 in order are:

    Mesa Boogie M6 Carbine through a Mesa Boogie Diesel 410

    Trace Elliot AH350 through a Trace Elliot 1048 H-C

    Ampeg PF500 through an Ampeg 410HLF

    I always wanted a Carbine. I could never get a straight answer about their tone from the Talkbass gang.

    I am terrible at describing tone, but here’s what I can say about it. It is very punchy, and has a bit of growl, to my ears. I love the way it sounds!

    That’s likely what I would love… If in fact your description is an accurate representation of what my ears perceive to be the same! lol.

    I tend to glamorize amps and seek them out for the wrong reasons. I love aesthetics and so the architecture and color schemes always lure me in. As a result, I was always drawn to Mesa and Trace, because they light up, are my favorite colors, and they simply look cool!

    Those two companies have been on my radar for well over a decade, but whenever I get my hands on them, I can never find a tone that I like. In contrast, I think that Markbass is the ugliest crap this side of the Pecos, but some of it sounds stellar.

    I love the style and tone of my Ampeg V4b, but its more expensive big brother, the Heritage SVT, is as boring as could possibly be… However, I love the tone so much, that I’ve actually been searching for new cloth for it for a few years, and I’m considering having a custom control plate made.

    I’ve also found bliss with my Mesa PH412. It sounds like the hammers of Hell and it’s cooler looking than Darth Vader.

    My Diesel 410 is built like a vault, weighs 138 pounds, and is simply fantastic.  By far my favorite cabinet!20191116_114755

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    And you are right, the Trace Elliot’s look very cool!20200327_201605

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    My top 3 in order are:

    Mesa Boogie M6 Carbine through a Mesa Boogie Diesel 410

    Trace Elliot AH350 through a Trace Elliot 1048 H-C

    Ampeg PF500 through an Ampeg 410HLF

    I always wanted a Carbine. I could never get a straight answer about their tone from the Talkbass gang.

    I am terrible at describing tone, but here’s what I can say about it. It is very punchy, and has a bit of growl, to my ears. I love the way it sounds!

    That’s likely what I would love… If in fact your description is an accurate representation of what my ears perceive to be the same! lol.

    I tend to glamorize amps and seek them out for the wrong reasons. I love aesthetics and so the architecture and color schemes always lure me in. As a result, I was always drawn to Mesa and Trace, because they light up, are my favorite colors, and they simply look cool!

    Those two companies have been on my radar for well over a decade, but whenever I get my hands on them, I can never find a tone that I like. In contrast, I think that Markbass is the ugliest crap this side of the Pecos, but some of it sounds stellar.

    I love the style and tone of my Ampeg V4b, but its more expensive big brother, the Heritage SVT, is as boring as could possibly be… However, I love the tone so much, that I’ve actually been searching for new cloth for it for a few years, and I’m considering having a custom control plate made.

    I’ve also found bliss with my Mesa PH412. It sounds like the hammers of Hell and it’s cooler looking than Darth Vader.

    My Diesel 410 is built like a vault, weighs 138 pounds, and is simply fantastic. By far my favorite cabinet!20191116_114755

    As you can imagine, the PH412 is built like a tank as well. It’s the most industrial piece of music gear that I’ve ever seen, yet it’s actually quite compact for what it is, and thanks to Mesa trick engineering, it handles like a dream. The thing is darn near 2 inches thick, but the well thought out sliders, handles, and wheels make it a effortless.

    I wish I got one of the 410’s before they were discontinued.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    My top 3 in order are:

    Mesa Boogie M6 Carbine through a Mesa Boogie Diesel 410

    Trace Elliot AH350 through a Trace Elliot 1048 H-C

    Ampeg PF500 through an Ampeg 410HLF

    I always wanted a Carbine. I could never get a straight answer about their tone from the Talkbass gang.

    I am terrible at describing tone, but here’s what I can say about it. It is very punchy, and has a bit of growl, to my ears. I love the way it sounds!

    That’s likely what I would love… If in fact your description is an accurate representation of what my ears perceive to be the same! lol.

    I tend to glamorize amps and seek them out for the wrong reasons. I love aesthetics and so the architecture and color schemes always lure me in. As a result, I was always drawn to Mesa and Trace, because they light up, are my favorite colors, and they simply look cool!

    Those two companies have been on my radar for well over a decade, but whenever I get my hands on them, I can never find a tone that I like. In contrast, I think that Markbass is the ugliest crap this side of the Pecos, but some of it sounds stellar.

    I love the style and tone of my Ampeg V4b, but its more expensive big brother, the Heritage SVT, is as boring as could possibly be… However, I love the tone so much, that I’ve actually been searching for new cloth for it for a few years, and I’m considering having a custom control plate made.

    I’ve also found bliss with my Mesa PH412. It sounds like the hammers of Hell and it’s cooler looking than Darth Vader.

    My Diesel 410 is built like a vault, weighs 138 pounds, and is simply fantastic. By far my favorite cabinet!20191116_114755

    Very cool setup, BTW.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    Very cool setup, BTW.

    Thank you.  Active MusicMan basses sound awesome through that rig!

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    And you are right, the Trace Elliot’s look very cool!20200327_201605

    Black and green is about my fave color scheme, plus Steve Harris used Trace pre’s, so I was all over Trace from day one. Unfortunately, by the time I could afford one, it was simply a Peavey, and not a very good one at that.

    The cabs were super cool… Celestion speakers, compact, rugged looking… but not as rugged as they looked. I had the 810 Trace cab and the 115×210 Trace cabs. They did sound awesome!

    Unfortunately, the head was the flagship AH1200, and it was a turd-grenade. Sounded pretty good, but the tube pre was unusable. It hissed and howled like crazy… and even though I was very close with the top brass at Peavey, they couldn’t clean it up.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    Very cool setup, BTW.

    Thank you. Active MusicMan basses sound awesome through that rig!

    Funny that you’re saying that. I’m famous around hear for stating that I hate active EBMM Sting Rays. I had two and they were Ball Family Reserves, but they sounded so thin! However, whenever I tell the story, I always note that the only thing they sounded good through was that noisy Trace, and vice versa.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    Very cool setup, BTW.

    Thank you. Active MusicMan basses sound awesome through that rig!

    Funny that you’re saying that. I’m famous around hear for stating that I hate active EBMM Sting Rays. I had two and they were Ball Family Reserves, but they sounded so thin! However, whenever I tell the story, I always note that the only thing they sounded good through was that noisy Trace, and vice versa.

    I should qualify that to say that I prefer the Sterlings over the Stingrays by a long shot.  I think the Sterlings sound WAAAAY better!

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    <noscript></noscript>

    Is that cabinet Peavey era?

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    Very cool setup, BTW.

    Thank you. Active MusicMan basses sound awesome through that rig!

    Funny that you’re saying that. I’m famous around hear for stating that I hate active EBMM Sting Rays. I had two and they were Ball Family Reserves, but they sounded so thin! However, whenever I tell the story, I always note that the only thing they sounded good through was that noisy Trace, and vice versa.

    I should qualify that to say that I prefer the Sterlings over the Stingrays by a long shot. I think the Sterlings sound WAAAAY better!

    Is there a difference in build or electronics,which accounts for the tone difference, or is it purely “feeling”? One of the other users is a Sterling fan if I’m not mistaken.

    My BFR SR HH’s were the most stunning basses that I had ever seen, but they had no gas in the tank.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    <noscript></noscript>

    Is that cabinet Peavey era?

    Yes

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    On a side note… I know it’s trivial, but I hate it when the expanded steel grilles, arent really expanded steel! They look much better when they are. lol… I like the Mesa’s with grilles over the cloth too.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    Is there a difference in build or electronics,which accounts for the tone difference, or is it purely “feeling”? One of the other users is a Sterling fan if I’m not mistaken.

    The pickups on the Sterling are different, they are ceramic magnets and series wiring.  The Sterling also has a jazz neck, which I prefer.

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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    Is there a difference in build or electronics,which accounts for the tone difference, or is it purely “feeling”? One of the other users is a Sterling fan if I’m not mistaken.

    The pickups on the Sterling are different, they are ceramic magnets and series wiring. The Sterling also has a jazz neck, which I prefer.

    My Sterling was identical to yours. It was a great bass and I should have kept it!

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    And since this is a G&L forum, I should add that the L-1000 sounds awesome through the rig as well!  20190429_080031

    A man's got to know his limitations....

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