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  1. I don't think anyone has had to swap out pickups for any other reason than getting a different sound. The large pole pickups have a particular modern sound and are ceramic like the Black Labels. If you wanted a more vintage sound then an Alnico set might be to your taste. My TT4 passive has the exceptional Sandberg Alnicos and they are my favourite jazz pickup. I replaced the large pole Sandberg in my VS4 with EMG Geezer Butlers, My Sandberg Umbos have the stock Haussels in.
  2. There has to be some reason they cost $1100. I think I can get close using my Quilter Interbass though.
  3. Yeah I'm not sure. To me it sounds like his other Noble videos which, they say, are recorded into the Noble pre and then into the recording interface. Not a million miles away from the Ian Allinson and Tim Lefebvre videos too. Great sound though.
  4. His bass has a damping contraption near the bridge. I have 5 Sandbergs (all passive) and they all sound like traditional basses rather than the active models with big pole pickups. I have 3 Umbos, a TT4 passive and a VS4 that I made passive (with an EMG Geezer Butler and the included passive harness) and a Stellartone to fill the spare hole in the control plate. I've had to work a bit to get a classic P tone out of the VS4 but I'm happy with it now. However all my Umbos can get the P vibe if I just use the neck pickup and the TT4 can too, surprisingly.
  5. At the risk of sounding like Monty Python's 4 Yorkshiremen sketch. when I started there weren't even video tapes and I learned to play by picking up the record players arm and moving it back 1/4". Even cassette players weren't yet a thing. Kids nowadays don't know they're born!
  6. They're the Sandberg ceramic. My suspicion is that they are made by Delano to Sandberg's spec. I've previously owned a TM4, an active TT4, and I currently own a TT4 passive. I'm a massive fan of the Sandberg Alnicos in the current TT4 passive and find them very versatile. The front pickup by itself is way better than any Fender Jazz I've owned or played and both pickups together is a great sound too.
  7. You have your attack set slow in that picture (unless you're using one of the auto settings)? I sometimes use the attack set much faster or use either auto setting depending on the bass I use etc.
  8. I'm not sure what, in particular, you wanted a comment on. I normally use the Becos as a 2nd compressor after my Basswitch Dual band which compresses mostly the lower frequencies before it gets to the Becos. The rest of the settings are as in the picture below. I do not use the saturation as the Quilter Interbass does that kind of breakup much better if I need it. I could get away with Becos --> Broughton HPF ---> Interbass ----> Amp quite easily though on a gig I'm sure.
  9. I think that the Hi cut and Low cut are just for the Saturation circuit, based on the way the Stella works.
  10. Apart from the TM4 I tried making them passive. The TT4 worked ok, the VM4 didn't. I changed pickups to Alnico ones as I prefer them to the Delanos as I think they are more dynamic. I sold all those basses. Generally though I have 3 Umbos which are passive by design, a passive TT4 and a VS4 which I installed a Geezer Butler EMG pickup and solderless loom with a Stellartone as well as a normal tone control. I prefer a traditional tone though so view my opinion with that in mind.
  11. I've previously owned a TM4, TT4 (active) and VM4. All of my Sandbergs now are passive only. I found that the flattest sound from the 2 band pre was to back the bass control off from the centre detent by the tiniest amount possible. It kind of defeats the object of an active bass but that's the sound I preferred and is why I'm now passive only. The 3 band option didn't used to include a passive tone switch, not sure if that's still the case.
  12. I replaced the large pole Sandbergs in my VS4 with the amazing EMG Geezer Butler set. Very vintage and authentic P sounding, passive, modelled on Bobby Vega's 64 Fender P pickup. Not especially hot and easy to wire up (non solder includes pots etc).
  13. Well, obviously it may not meet everyone's requirements (although that 45w is louder than my Markbass 250w MiniMark when using the same speakers). I'm lucky enough to have plenty of gear options, the Interbass replaces or enhances most of them and provides options that my other gear doesn't. It's an option if you want an amplifier that sounds great at low volumes, as an alternative to, say, an Ampeg PF20T or PF50T. It's also a lot smaller to take to a gig as a backup. It's also an alternative to a bass preamp such as the Shift Line Olympic or other more expensive tube preamps (I've tried many). It can be used as a DI or a headphone amp (you can use the fx return as an aux in) I looked at it as an alternative to buying a PF20T for home/studio use but it turns out that it will be the core of my tone coupled with my Becos Stella into my Quilter BB800 at gigs too.
  14. Good review. One thing I'd point out though is that the FX return can function as a mono aux in (without a device plugged in the send) by design. The Interbass is designed to break up nicely at higher gain settings especially with vintage mode selected. I'm using it as a recording DI preamp in vintage mode and the tone is superb.
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