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  1. I did see a BB cab in Rikaxe music many years ago....thought it unusual at the time....😳
  2. I've used a few, going back several years (Acoustic Image, Euphonic Audio, Aguilar TH500) but my favourite has been the Ashdown Retroglide. It's just a power amp with a graphic eq in front...no flavour of its own, just takes what you plug in and makes it louder...give or take the graphic settings. I mostly stick a Sansamp in front, but that's from choice not necessity.
  3. Hi Phil, Yes, the 350 is still here, let me have a think...it’s been a while now. The market value is very low compared to it’s usefulness 😳
  4. The Sansamp does fuzz, but it can be subtle too (despite its own instructions!). It took me a year to work out what the Sansamp can actually do, and then I only really got it when I started travelling more and using all sorts of rental backline. The Sadowsky/Aguilar units are great too, but only do warmth (or rasp) as they are really modelled on the Music Man circuit that Leo Fender decided to use to make the Stingray sound huge. Small amps are great these days...and just what's needed for run around gigs in small venues when you can't park anywhere near. But, they do sound a bit modern and lacking in warmth.
  5. A bit general I know, but I do a lot of "small jazz gigs" and often find that they are neither as small or jazzy as the booker intended. The thing that works for me is a clean /small(ish) combo or head /cab but what gives me the extra is a warm sounding preamp pedal. For amps, it can be an SWR, Ashdown Retroglide or a Mambo (jazz guitar amp) and for preamp its either Sansamp, Sadowsky or Aguilar DB924. It all does the same thing, makes the amp sound a bit bigger and older than it is.
  6. He is on FB, but would probably delete any negative vibes 😳. Not sure he has much to do with running the company, but it’s a shame to see a once respected brand, with some high profile endorsers, perform so badly. Hope this situation improves, but Hartke is off my list for now 😳
  7. Yes, the SC 50Plus was a decent small valve head, two big power valves and heavy transformers. Smelled like good amps should... The Cobra was good, but very cheap build - plastic end plates and thin wooden top. The handle pulled out of. the chipboard cab quite a few times..
  8. I did - moved up from a Sound City 50Plus, to a Carlsbro Cobra 90 head and cab. Still slightly surprised I didn’t kill myself with the SC, knew nothing of lethal capacitors etc, so it was probably a good thing. I liked the Sound City..and would happily gig with one these days. But the Cobra was a marvel..with virtually no components inside the case, just a few bits stuck to the front and back of the very empty box 😳. That’s probably why the power light used to dim when I played a bottom E with anything like enthusiasm.
  9. All you need is a decent passive box, that removes potential ground loops and sounds ok. After that its bells and whistles. I'd suggest the Radial Stage bug...the green one. There are cheaper ones but the quality of the transformer does matter, and you want it to survive, so the general build quality matters as well.
  10. I’ve never blown one, but did have a broken fuse holder, many years ago. I’d get a few of the old Sylvania ones posted from the US, as it looks like the LED versions are rapidly taking over - better auto bulbs, but no good at looking after your tweeter 😳 Might be worth contacting Marshall as they own Eden these days, and all the old Eden cabs used the same fuse (they designed and built the early SWR cabs). They probably have a few somewhere...
  11. Looks like 211-2 are the magic numbers, 12v or 24 Sylvania. Don't use the modern LED version!
  12. If there are any numbers on the original bulb, put them into an Evilbay search and you'll probably find a few sources that will ship a couple for not much cost. I did this recently to replace a missing mains fuse and holder on an old SWR. From memory, those were common USA auto indicator bulbs?
  13. I’d expect it to be fine for small acoustic/jazz type gigs, but nothing involving big rooms or noisy drummers. No XLR DI, but there is a jack output that could easily be used to run a DI box.
  14. Sorry, sold a few years ago - pm me if you want to follow up..
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