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    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%5B/quote%5D
    Nope, never have.  I’ll look for demos later.

    From what I’ve heard, I would probably love a V4B.  I found the PF-XXts a little dull, though.  But my Traynor really isn’t missing anything, and it was so cheap by comparison ($450 used at GC), so I doubt I would invest much in any other tube amps.

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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.

    Alex and I corresponded a ton before he started Barefaced, and it’s been cool to see him make a real go of that. The only one of his cabs I’ve heard in person was the Super Twin, which just wouldn’t work for me at all unless I took a huge swerve in the styles I typically play. I’d love to give the hi-fi models a whirl though.

    I virtually never use the port plugs in my TC112AF cab either, but with this new amp build I’m assuming nothing for the moment.

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    Alex and I corresponded a ton before he started Barefaced, and it’s been cool to see him make a real go of that. The only one of his cabs I’ve heard in person was the Super Twin, which just wouldn’t work for me at all unless I took a huge swerve in the styles I typically play. I’d love to give the hi-fi models a whirl though. I virtually never use the port plugs in my TC112AF cab either, but with this new amp build I’m assuming nothing for the moment.

    Oh yeah?  That’s very cool.  You know all the right people 🙂

    I would love to try a Super Twin, but yeah, I could see it as being even more limiting than the Retro series.

    I watched his demo and was actually surprised at the difference in tone between his tweetered cabs.  I have a weird aversion to tweeters, though, which is why I wound up with the Hathor and the Two10.

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    Oh yeah?  That’s very cool.  You know all the right people 🙂 I would love to try a Super Twin, but yeah, I could see it as being even more limiting than the Retro series. I watched his demo and was actually surprised at the difference in tone between his tweetered cabs.  I have a weird aversion to tweeters, though, which is why I wound up with the Hathor and the Two10.

    Bear in mind that I’m pretty much a fretless-only guy. There was a gap of around 33 years between my owning even a single fretted bass, but I do have one now. Amplifying  fretless BG and especially upright without a tweeter is a huge drag for me. And then of course you’re up against sucky distortion sounds, noisy amps and especially onboard preamps, yada yada. So in typically contrarian fashion I just build my own solutions, or mostly do without in the case of pedals. But with the new tube amp I sould easily see just using my pair of BMS loaded 115 cabs and calling it good. I don’t really need yet another uber squeaky clean rig at all. 😎

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    Bear in mind that I’m pretty much a fretless-only guy.

    Ah, that makes sense.

    I think my main aversion to tweeters is because I only took up playing again a few years ago, and I was really rusty–I mean shitty.  So I didn’t want to hear all that high-end detail.  It hurt!  I’ve managed to tighten up a little.  But the tones I like are either somewhat mellow anyway, or distorted enough that I like taming the high end to keep it from getting too harsh.  I enjoy playing clean and flat through headphones sometimes, but through a speaker, I appreciate a little tone shaping.

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    Anyone build their own cabs? I have an old Hartke 210 combo that I’d like to make into a cab and head setup. Can’t seem to find anything online.

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    Anyone build their own cabs? I have an old Hartke 210 combo that I’d like to make into a cab and head setup. Can’t seem to find anything online.

    210s are not the most popular DIY format, seemingly. This guy has a few for-pay designs though:

    https://billfitzmaurice.info/Jack.html

    As usual, you really need the full set of driver specs to do it right.

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    Alex and I corresponded a ton before he started Barefaced, and it’s been cool to see him make a real go of that. The only one of his cabs I’ve heard in person was the Super Twin, which just wouldn’t work for me at all unless I took a huge swerve in the styles I typically play. I’d love to give the hi-fi models a whirl though. I virtually never use the port plugs in my TC112AF cab either, but with this new amp build I’m assuming nothing for the moment.

    Oh yeah? That’s very cool. You know all the right people 🙂

    I would love to try a Super Twin, but yeah, I could see it as being even more limiting than the Retro series.

    I watched his demo and was actually surprised at the difference in tone between his tweetered cabs. I have a weird aversion to tweeters, though, which is why I wound up with the Hathor and the Two10.

    You’ve got a Two10, right? I’ve got a Super Twin. We could trade for a spell.

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    Funny thing, small world. I helped Alex Claber purchase some bass gear from the US years before he started Barefaced. I forgot all about it. When I contacted him about a cab, he asked “Hey, are you the same guy that blah blah blah?” WHERE ARE MY FREE BASS CABS ALEX

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    You’ve got a Two10, right? I’ve got a Super Twin. We could trade for a spell.

    I’d be up for that once we’re settled from the move.

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    Anyone build their own cabs? I have an old Hartke 210 combo that I’d like to make into a cab and head setup. Can’t seem to find anything online.

    210s are not the most popular DIY format, seemingly. This guy has a few for-pay designs though:

    https://billfitzmaurice.info/Jack.html

    As usual, you really need the full set of driver specs to do it right.

    I looked at his site a while back. Didn’t find much for 210’s. I’ll look again.

    Probably better to buy something anyway.

    JP

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    It’s been a minute since anyone posted here and I just saw a post from El jefe on TB that looked interesting.  While many wanted a 800 watt Walkabout, Andy said it wasn’t scalable. Have not read much about the lightweight Mesa’s here and curious if you guys like them. My perfect world would be my SVT-CL with about 75 lbs less weight.  Could this be a contender?

    https://www.talkbass.com/threads/mesa-wd800-the-ultimate-loud-portable-practice-amp.1402609/

     

     

     

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    I guess my dream gear would be a Kustom DE300 into Hartley HD112 & TC Electronics K115.  Cuz that’s what I’ve got.  And I can’t afford to dream of bass gear

    RattFink, RattFank, RattFunk, Rattbones

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    It’s been a minute since anyone posted here and I just saw a post from El jefe on TB that looked interesting. While many wanted a 800 watt Walkabout, Andy said it wasn’t scalable. Have not read much about the lightweight Mesa’s here and curious if you guys like them. My perfect world would be my SVT-CL with about 75 lbs less weight. Could this be a contender?

    https://www.talkbass.com/threads/mesa-wd800-the-ultimate-loud-portable-practice-amp.1402609/

    i REALLY DO LOVE mESA, BUT SOMETIMES, i REALLY DON’T LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS i WANT TO.

    In terms of pricing, build quality, thoughtful design, and service, I think that theyre the best. But it can be a bitch to get your tone out of one. They’re speakers are the only that I’ll ever use again. I think that their cab’s are KING.

    But with regards to the amp, I’m staying all tube for now. VB4 just does it all. I will say that I did get a little shaken when my Heritage blew a tube and stopped a show, but I’d rather DI the rest of the night and then fix that, then try to replicate its tone with SS or Hybrid.

    If I do buy another SS, it will unquestionably be the Quilter. In fact, I own two QSC K12’s, which have a built in bass amp feature, but I’ve never even tried it. They say that it’s the bees knees! This place loves Mesa. Andy is a member here and they have been good to us. If you try a Quilter, your jaw will drop.

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    I guess my dream gear would be a Kustom DE300 into Hartley HD112 & TC Electronics K115. Cuz that’s what I’ve got. And I can’t afford to dream of bass gear

    Oh man! When I die, I’ll leave you some shit!

    Don’t mind the peanuts.

    First, whack the driver, then off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
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    I played through a Mesa Bass 400+ once and was blown away. I could never afford something like that, though. Not that I really need it for playing at church. We run the instruments direct through our massive house PA and all use IEMs.

    I wouldn’t mind getting one of those Headrush FRFR112 powered cabs and just running my pedal board through it for fun.

    JP

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    I played through a Mesa Bass 400+ once and was blown away. I could never afford something like that, though. Not that I really need it for playing at church. We run the instruments direct through our massive house PA and all use IEMs.

    I wouldn’t mind getting one of those Headrush FRFR112 powered cabs and just running my pedal board through it for fun.

    400’s have come way down, if that’s a bucket item. Many fans of them here… Mostly RRR and Metron.

    First, whack the driver, then off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
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    It’s been a minute since anyone posted here and I just saw a post from El jefe on TB that looked interesting. While many wanted a 800 watt Walkabout, Andy said it wasn’t scalable. Have not read much about the lightweight Mesa’s here and curious if you guys like them. My perfect world would be my SVT-CL with about 75 lbs less weight. Could this be a contender?

    https://www.talkbass.com/threads/mesa-wd800-the-ultimate-loud-portable-practice-amp.1402609/

    I had a D800 that was really nice. I used it as my main amp for about 2 years maybe but in the end I didn’t love the tone. The Walkabout and 400+ are personal all-time favorites though.

    Joey Baggadonuts

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    I played through a Mesa Bass 400+ once and was blown away. I could never afford something like that, though. Not that I really need it for playing at church. We run the instruments direct through our massive house PA and all use IEMs.

    I wouldn’t mind getting one of those Headrush FRFR112 powered cabs and just running my pedal board through it for fun.

    400’s have come way down, if that’s a bucket item. Many fans of them here… Mostly RRR and Metron.

    Not really a bucket item. I just really liked it. If I ever had the need for an amp, I’d probably get my Hartke 3500 overhauled and redo the 2-10 cabinet from the combo it came from.
    It’s a surprising good sounding setup when it’s working correctly.
    The input jacks probably need resoldered and all of the pots need cleaned.

    JP

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    Original Quilter or one with a few more knobs?   Never tried one but the original looked a little sparse.  My keyboard player uses a K12 and it kills.

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