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I'm very happy with my Genz Benz 2x12 neo cabinet and a Mesa TT800 but am entertaining the idea that a combo amp could be enough for gtr, keys, bass, drums, and vocals in a rock band. Historically combo amps have been a disappointment as my groove is clear, clean and medium loud.

But what about the Ampeg RB or BA Series 210? About 250 watts without an extension cabinet and approx. 35 lbs?
No way it can keep up with a 2x12 and 800 watts??
 

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I can't seem to get an idea of quality in a music store and really only trust a gig as the true performance test.
Our rehearsal space sounds really good and covers up any cabinet nasties.
I also found a BA212 V2 for a decent price but not close by.
Probably only saves 20 lbs. but smaller and 1 less piece of gear.
And curious if any combo amp is really "good enough"!
 

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Zero. Zero brighter.
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Do you find maple fingerboards brighter than rosewood (i.e. do you hear a difference at all with fingerboard woods)?
I've never been much of a tone wood guy but think that there is some difference in tone with the fingerboard. It's all just a theory as I've never had two basses that were close enough in materials and construction with just the neck being different.
 

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I dunno about toanwood magic, but I have an ebony and a maple Ray. Both specials. The maple one is brighter by a hair but I don’t really think it can be isolated to a fingerboard wood correlation. Either way the difference is marginal.

Ebony looks nicer.
 

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One maple fretboard, one ebony fretboard, one rosewood fretboard, and it's mostly looks to my ear. I like the ebony one best on that score. IIRC my older sister's DBs both had ebony fingerboards.
yeah sort of in the family. When we still spoke, learned she couldn't play my electric and I couldn't play her doghouse. That lady could sightread like a mofo but couldn't play Smoke On The Water on a bet. (actually that's a pretty syncopated bass line, and I reckon most don't get it right anyway)
 

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Thanks for this.
Do you find maple fingerboards brighter than rosewood (i.e. do you hear a difference at all with fingerboard woods)?
I've never been much of a tone wood guy but think that there is some difference in tone with the fingerboard. It's all just a theory as I've never had two basses that were close enough in materials and construction with just the neck being different.
I do think that maple is brighter, but what do I know? It may be that maple boards tend to be finished, and it's a harder wood, which translates into less interference with string vibration in my mind. I never played maple boards until fairly recently and I'm a total convert.
 

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My gut says maple is slightly brighter and maybe a bit clearer in tone.
I have maple and rosewood but don't favor one bass over the other because of it.
Never had a bass with ebony but it certainly has become more available and in some cases the only FB offered with a particular color.
 

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My gut says maple is slightly brighter and maybe a bit clearer in tone.
I have maple and rosewood but don't favor one bass over the other because of it.
Never had a bass with ebony but it certainly has become more available and in some cases the only FB offered with a particular color.
My man Marco pitched me on going with maple for the fretless he built me, he said in that instance it would enhance midrange more than affecting highs. But I'm not into shiny finished boards at all, especially on a fretless. I've had rosewood, ebony, and now purpleheart for fretless basses, not sure it matters all that much compared to other factors really. The new fretted four has a wenge board, my fretted five is maple, all good in my book.
 

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I'm wondering if maybe the reason I like my maple boards is that I like to play skinny, bendy strings. The coating really facilitates that kind of playing better than the uncoated rosewood.
 
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