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    Armyadarkness
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    No I can’t

    I had a light up old style TE SMX or something like that; 500 watts that sound like a million; stupid loud; you could go from tube to SS pre-amp too. I never loved that amp although the black light was way cool; one that was sold and never missed.

    Tried a M6 in a store. Super punchy and really fast. Brutal attack. Surprised they aren’t used much for metal actually.

    Funny how people used to shit all over the 900 as very few still are around that didn’t burn up. The factory fix was to lower them to 600 watts. Once the old horse showed up on TB and the subway series was announced it is all love and chocolates. Army, since you like Ampeg (as do I) you may not like either as they never struck me with that warm, mid range wallop that the Big A delivers. Last weeks outdoor gig was awesome with SVT-IIP tube pre-amp into GK MBF800 power section. Of course it has very little output now (pre-amp) and am hoping it’s just a tube. Just like fast cars and bikes; they only blow after running their very best.

    My knowledge on amps is so limited unless it’s one that I’ve had in front of me. Once again, it’s a topic which I’m always amazed at how many others here are familiar  with. Wow… Hungover from last nights show… typing… not easy. To make sentences

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    Note: I don’t actually own the Orange Terror Bass yet, but I borrowed a friend’s and tried it with the Hathor and fell in love.  I’m just waiting for a good deal to coincide with my gear allowance 🙂

    Okay, found a good price on a used Terror Bass.  Bought it.  Should be here tomorrow or Tuesday.

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    Note: I don’t actually own the Orange Terror Bass yet, but I borrowed a friend’s and tried it with the Hathor and fell in love. I’m just waiting for a good deal to coincide with my gear allowance 🙂

    Okay, found a good price on a used Terror Bass. Bought it. Should be here tomorrow or Tuesday.

    Very anxious to hear your take on it.

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    #130509
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    Dang. I’m super late to this party.

    Top three amps:

    Ampeg SVT 8pro

    Gallien Kruger Fusion 550

    Ampeg V4/V9

    Top cabs:

    Anything by Baer

    (2) Ampeg 410 HE’s

    Single Peavey TVX 412

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    Jim C
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    Dang. I’m super late to this party.

    Top three amps:

    Ampeg SVT 8pro

    Gallien Kruger Fusion 550

    Ampeg V4/V9

    Top cabs:

    Anything by Baer

    (2) Ampeg 410 HE’s

    Single Peavey TVX 412

    How do you like the 8 Pro? Something about having that much Ampeg power in one box (as opposed to me two rigs with Ampeg tube pre’s and big ass amps).  Bonin’, ever get your terror?  Curious if it does loud and reasonably clean. My Doc LLoyd compressor only took 32 days to ship 700 miles since USPS lost it.

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    Bonin’, ever get your terror?  Curious if it does loud and reasonably clean.

    Yup!  Love it!  But “clean” needs to be qualified.  It does “clean” just fine, but it can’t really do “flat.”  It has quite a cushion.

    My Doc LLoyd compressor only took 32 days to ship 700 miles since USPS lost it.

    Jeepers.  You obviously have my sympathy.  My Streamer shipped 50 days ago and is still in L.A.  I hope that you’re finding it worth the wait.

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    This one sounds good. Really really good. Since I quit my band a few weeks ago, sadly it’s just collecting dust in my garage again.

     

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    Dang. I’m super late to this party.

    Top three amps:

    Ampeg SVT 8pro

    Gallien Kruger Fusion 550

    Ampeg V4/V9

    Top cabs:

    Anything by Baer

    (2) Ampeg 410 HE’s

    Single Peavey TVX 412

    How do you like the 8 Pro? Something about having that much Ampeg power in one box (as opposed to me two rigs with Ampeg tube pre’s and big ass amps). Bonin’, ever get your terror? Curious if it does loud and reasonably clean. My Doc LLoyd compressor only took 32 days to ship 700 miles since USPS lost it.

    Love my 8pro. I used to for two shows and retired it. Not because it isn’t capable but, I would be sick if something were to happen to it. I too have the same Ampeg pre’s and power amps you listed. Love’em all.

    The SVP 1600 and SVT 300 are killer power amps and you need no introduction on the Ampeg pre’s. If I had to have one more rack-mounted preamp it would be a Demeter HPB-1. That sucker pulls it’s weight for a unit with a single tube and Jensen DI.

    Won the lottery early last year and picked up a Doc Lloyd. It’s been a one and done on my pedalboard and won’t be going anywhere for a while. It beat out the Markbass compressor I had because it used less juice, less space, and was quicker to dial in. If I didn’t have other rack-mounted compressors, I would’ve kept the Markbass for studio use.

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    This one sounds good. Really really good. Since I quit my band a few weeks ago, sadly it’s just collecting dust in my garage again.

    Nice rig!

    Causing trouble in the sctmmc since November 13th, 2018.

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    This one sounds good. Really really good. Since I quit my band a few weeks ago, sadly it’s just collecting dust in my garage again.

    Too sexy! Too sexy!!!!!!!!!

    A.K.A – The Magical Luchadore, The Fiddler on the Roof, The Salty Dog, Grits and Gravy...

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    Bonin’, ever get your terror? Curious if it does loud and reasonably clean.

    Yup! Love it! But “clean” needs to be qualified. It does “clean” just fine, but it can’t really do “flat.” It has quite a cushion.

    My Doc LLoyd compressor only took 32 days to ship 700 miles since USPS lost it.

    Jeepers. You obviously have my sympathy. My Streamer shipped 50 days ago and is still in L.A. I hope that you’re finding it worth the wait.

    Doc LLoyd is the favorite pedal compressor over  FEA DECL (I thought I wanted studio clean) and the SD Studio Bass. I had a MB compressor but didn’t love it. Using a 2-space rack with a SVP-IIP pre and the power section of a MBF800. Three spaces seemed like too much just so I could use a dbx 160 which I’ve had forever and still like.

    Any words to describe the Orange?

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    Any words to describe the Orange?

    Deep and wooly come to mind.  Both can be dialed back, but never completely   It’s like a Verellen Meatsmoke reigned in a bit,… or a GB Streamliner that just got cut off in traffic.

    I like the tube breakup a lot.  I’m particular enough about my distortion that I’ve gotten away from relying on an amp to do it for me, since it’s so hard to find the right flavor and adjustability.  But when I first played though my buddy’s Orange, I was sold.

    The trouble is, I haven’t been able to turn it up to a respectable volume because everyone in the building is home all the damn time now.  I think I would appreciate this amp more if I wasn’t fighting it to keep the bass volume within respectable limits.

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    Just ordering up some 60-80 year old preamp tubes for my amp build today. Doing the eBay lottery for starters, LOL. Four  tubes for eleven bucks, plus shipping. Good times, or sumthin’.

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    Any words to describe the Orange?

    Deep and wooly come to mind. Both can be dialed back, but never completely It’s like a Verellen Meatsmoke reigned in a bit,… or a GB Streamliner that just got cut off in traffic.

    I like the tube breakup a lot. I’m particular enough about my distortion that I’ve gotten away from relying on an amp to do it for me, since it’s so hard to find the right flavor and adjustability. But when I first played though my buddy’s Orange, I was sold.

    The trouble is, I haven’t been able to turn it up to a respectable volume because everyone in the building is home all the damn time now. I think I would appreciate this amp more if I wasn’t fighting it to keep the bass volume within respectable limits.

    I remember hearing one of those amps through the Orange ISO 410 cab at a TB GTG in Boise several years ago. It was pretty cool and unique (and LOUD), and my buddy Duke LeJeune’s wheels were clearly turning as he listened to that rig.

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    my buddy Duke LeJeune’s wheels were clearly turning as he listened to that rig.

    You’re never gonna fucking believe this:

    MVIMG_20200716_151058_compress28

    PS: I hope he’s doing okay.

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    #130891
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    Switches up, plug in, btw.

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    my buddy Duke LeJeune’s wheels were clearly turning as he listened to that rig.

    You’re never gonna fucking believe this:

    MVIMG_20200716_151058_compress28<noscript>MVIMG_20200716_151058_compress28</noscript>

    PS: I hope he’s doing okay.

    Still haven’t heard from him in quite a while, time to try again I guess. He and his family are a great hang, just top shelf humans.

    I knew you had that cab though, so I’m not overly surprised to see that. I’ll bet is sounds great, and I’m actually hoping my Thunderchild will work at least OK with the new tube amp. But it has a switch to kill the tweeters completely right at the crossover, and I have a pair of Faital fours in a little homemade top box that I could run with it if I feel like getting jiggy.

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    Switches up, plug in, btw.

    The only Hathor 112 cab I’ve tried was the original prototype and it was crazy popular at the huge Seattle GTG Duke brought it to for beta testing, to the point that I only got a minute or so with it. I know he changed up the whole switching scheme before V1, for sure.

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    It’s an absolutely phenomenal cab.  I haven’t found a tube amp I like with it, though.  It tends to resonate around B (on a EADG 4-string).  It did this for the PF-50t, PF-20t, Little Bastard, and Little Stubby.  Only the CTM-15 didn’t seem to have that problem.  Every hybrid or SS amp sounds great through it, though.

    The trouble with tube amps led me to Barefaced cabs.

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    The trouble with tube amps led me to Barefaced cabs.

    I’ve had a number of tube amps although have not tried the Traynor, eh.      IMO, there are only two that matter, V4B or SVT. Everything else is some punk ass wannabe. Yet I continue to look…    Ever try the Ginger pedal?  https://reverb.com/item/26479456-smokin-amp-co-ginger-bass-overdrive-ampeg-sb-12-portaflex

     

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