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  1. My Sandberg Alnico 5s in my passive TT4 sound very P like in the neck position. I've had DiMarzio Model J's in the past and while the neck pickup sounds P like it wasn't to my taste. The large pole Delano I had in my old active TT4 also sounded P like but the Sandberg Alnicos sound fantastic.
  2. Also a switch to select the middle 2 of the splits might be cool.
  3. Over the years I haven't been a fan of super hot pickups (except for the L1000's MFD) I'd hope that I'd be able to compensate for volume disparity with pickup height. Can't be worse than the average PJ I'd have thought. Thanks anyway๐Ÿ™‚.
  4. I have a '81 L1000 that is hot but quite muted in the high end. It may be something that's occurred over decades but I'd expect an Ash/Ebony bass to be brighter. The hotter output was probably designed for the unique subtractive passive EQ circuit. I did try a P style MFD in my Sandberg VS4 but found it too aggressive for me and settled on an EMG Geezer Butler P. which is more vintage sounding. I do have a spare Geezer P which I could put in my VS4 to make it a double P...
  5. For rounds I like GHS Pressurewound or occasionally Boomers on my Sandbergs. For flats I'm lucky enough to still have some Status Flats and I also like the Dunlop flats. I hated both of these before they wore in though.
  6. I don't find my TKS 1126's scooped, it's just that being full range a HPF is an absolute necessity unless playing a huge hall. Stopping the lows swamping the mids with a HPF set at around 80hz does the trick every time.
  7. Yeah really loving it so far. Need to get out and mingle though now. I really don't need any more Sandbergs, 5 is too many but I can't even bring myself to think of parting with one even so...
  8. Hi my name's Kevin and I've been on here a while but have recently moved to the York area for family reasons. I've been playing bass since I was 15 and I'm er.. slightly younger than Pino Palladino! I left my band of 10+ years (blues, funk and soul) in preparation for the move and would like to eventually find a band up here but in the meantime I have a "home studio" and a load of songs that I need to finish recording so that should keep me occupied for a while.๐Ÿ˜Š I have a love of Sandberg basses especially Umbos (I have 3 Umbos) and use TKS 1126's as cabs and Quilter and Markbass heads amongst other bits and bobs.
  9. That's exactly what the unit is. I don't know if anyone else has one but my experience with it is that it would be loud enough for many pub gigs. Bands vary though and so do venues so I would be uncomfortable using it in a band or venue where I did not know what to expect. I did some volume matching experiments last night verses the Quilter BB800 and it got quite loud and matched the volume with the BB800 set at about 120w which is quite loud. I've rarely gigged in a pub with the BB set higher. What I'm unsure of though is how this volume would stack up against a full band (Heft?) I have no reason to suspect that it would fare badly except the implausibility of so much volume coming from something so small.
  10. Wenbley Music Centre. They did have another one btw...๐Ÿ˜€
  11. I won't be able to provide gig experience as I don't have a band at the moment having just moved 150 miles away and quit my band of 10 years ๐Ÿ˜•. I have tried it through my Quilter BB800 via the balanced line out into the rear XLR in and also a standard jack lead into the front panel via the active input. It is quite easy to replicate the tone of the BB800 pre using the Interbass into the line in XLR, but the vintage cab sim engaged and gain at about 2-3 o'clock adds a whole new dimension. It's also possible to take a feed out of the send jack too which is post gain and EQ but pre master. And as an amp I can rattle my house with the master about halfway!
  12. Well, I couldn't resist. Boss pedal to show scale. The Interbass is smaller than I expected which is a bonus. There were 2 reasons that I was interested in this pedal. I like the Quilter BB800 but to get the sound I like (with gain at a setting where the limiter is working). at home it's way too loud. I had been considering an Ampeg PF2OT for practice and recording. Also, I've been using my Markbass TTE801 live as I've wanted a tubey sound and I haven't been able to find a preamp with the right qualities to go in front of the BB800. I've only had a quick go so far (as an amp into my Markbass 121HR). It is ridiculously loud for its size but it gives me plenty of tonal options at home practice level. The FR/Vintage switch is great and the Vintage position is exactly what I was hoping for. Gain settings above 50% result in increasing amounts of grit when digging in and the feel is reminiscent of the all tube amps I've owned or played through. The EQ section is really good. I haven't been able to turn it up for a long period yet but it seems that it's loud enough for a pub blues gig with a medium drummer and 2 guitars or would certainly make a good backup at least. All in all I am confident that this amp/pedal is what I was looking for and will sound great taking the balanced out into my BB800's XLR in.
  13. I think the Interbass can get a fair bit more dirty.
  14. Having read the manual for the proposed BB802 there appears to be a few differences in the concept in comparison to the Interbass. The BB802 has a standard 4 band EQ control as opposed to the 3 band Interbass (it has an added "Bark" 1k knob) and it appears that the 802 only does clean sounds like the BB800. I like the BB800 controls so probably wouldn't bother to upgrade to the 802 personally.
  15. I would imagine they use the same measurement parameters at various master points as they do for the maximum wattage rating. There's probably a broad manufacturers conformity to the criteria of rating an amplifier (TC excepted of course). From what I've read Quilter tend to rate output power quite conservatively.
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