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  1. paulbuzz

    Marshall MBC 810 1200watts

    Great price and a great match for this head on sale here: https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/334568-fs-marshall-vba400-valve-head-400-watts/ Fantastic rig for somebody with a lot of space and muscles! ;) Good luck with the sale!
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    Anyone use a Clean boost pedal?

    Another suggestion: the TC Rush Booster from their 'Smorgasbord of Tone' range. I really like the form factor of these pedals: since all the sockets are on the far end, they actually take up about the same width on your pedalboard as the usual 'mini' pedals (with right-angled jacks sticking out of each side), but are more stable because the box itself is wider. The Rush Booster is very simple: a single 'boost' control with up to 20dB of clean boost. Also very cheap: currently about £29 at all the usual big online shops. I haven't got one, but online reviews seem to be good. If what you want is purely a clean boost, there's perhaps less subjective judgement required than is the case with most other types of pedal?
  3. Bill and Balcro: firstly, thanks very much for your carefully considered replies. Apologies for my slow response; I've been a bit tied up with other things, you know how it is...! Bill: Thanks, I did get as far as wondering what the published frequency response for drivers represented - when you say 'mounted in a wall', I guess this is what's referred to as an 'infinite baffle'? I'm imagining that this is essentially the same as an infinitely large sealed cabinet...? Re. needing sufficient amp power in order to benefit from a higher xmax: as discussed in the older part of the thread, I'm pretty certain that the currently installed (original) driver is this one: http://www.elderaudio.com/products/Loudspeakers/LowMiddle/2009/10LB075-U.html Having fiddled with this in WinISD, as far as I can tell with my sketchy understanding, this can't take the amp's full rated output (250W @ 8 ohms) at frequencies below 200Hz, and its handling falls to about 50W around 120Hz, so in this area presumably any of my three potential replacement drivers would be a significant improvement. I completely accept your point that earth-shaking bass is never going to come out of such a tiny cabinet! Balcro: Thanks again for doing all this calculating! In short, it seems that any of these three drivers would be an improvement on the original, and that the differences between the three would be comparatively minor... Re. weight: current driver is 5 kg; the potential replacements vary from 2.1kg to 2.7 kg, so potential saving of up to 2.9 kg - this could be quite worthwhile! In the end I guess whether the available improvements over the current driver are sufficient to justify the outlay is something of a moot point. So overall I'm still in two minds. Thanks again for all your input; if I finally do get a replacement I'll let you know how successful a change it is! 🙂 cheers, P
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    DI box

    Since I have posted above criticising the common soundman's habit of "DI box first thing after the bass", here's my defence of the practice, just for balance: Modern amps/pedals etc tend to have very powerful EQ and effects which can easily produce a deeply unmusical or even unusable tone unless used judiciously and appropriately. There are plenty of bass players (as well as guitarists etc!) who have very little idea of what constitutes a good or appropriate tone in the context of the whole band. (People on this forum are probably an unrepresentative sample as simply by being here, we're self-selecting as the ones who care enough about such matters to want to discuss them with each other and hopefully get better informed!) Additionally, the sound coming out of the (most likely very coloured) bass cab may be completely unlike the DI signal from the amp/pedals which we are proposing to feed into the soundman's (hopefully quite flat & full range) PA system. So, for the busy soundman, the "DI box straight after the bass" strategy is an insurance policy against being fed an unusable sound from further down the bass-players signal chain; there's only so much that gormless bassplayers can do to screw it up with the controls on the bass itself! This is still really annoying though if, as a bassplayer, you have spent time and effort making sure that your DI signal does actually have a carefully considered and sensibly-sculpted tone!
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    DI box

    Sounds like you need to head over to the 'Amps for sale' section to score a better amp! 😉 Alternatively, what on earth are you doing to them??!! 😮 The only time I've ever had an amp pack up mid-gig is when one of the new breed of supa-lite class D amps vibrated itself off the the top of the cab and crashed to the floor, snapping the input socket. When my old-skool Trace preamp did the same thing, it just kept on working (though admittedly it dented the floor pretty badly!)
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    DI box

    I think the argument that "doing it this way it'll keep working even if the bass amp packs in" is a spurious one used by soundmen as an excuse to justify the way they wanted to do it anyway. There are loads of things on the stage that could potentially stop working and thereby screw up the show: the guitar amp, the keyboards, the drumkit (or drummer) might fall over, a mic lead might come unplugged - the list is endless - why worry about the bass amp in particular?
  7. Firstly, apologies for resurrecting this old thread of mine a year later! 😬 As a brief recap, I was looking to upgrade the driver in my Harley Benton combo, which is identical to the Red Sub branded version and similar to the original Ibanez Promethean. My goals were a reduction in weight, extended headroom and ideally some extension of the bass response. The tricky part is that the cab is very small - it has an internal volume of about 17.5 litres (after allowing for driver displacement) and a port with dimensions of 25mm x 360mm which is 125mm long, leading to a cab tuning of about 85Hz. In the thread I got some great advice and options to consider, but in the end, a combination of inertia, penury and the 'leave it alone' suggestions meant that I didn't get a new driver. However, I'm now readdressing the issue, and so am back asking for further advice. I'm still considering the drivers I was looking at before: Eminence Deltalite II ( http://www.loudspeakerdatabase.com/Eminence/DELTALITE_II_2510 ) Celestion NTR10-2520D ( http://www.loudspeakerdatabase.com/Celestion/NTR10-2520D ) ... but the reason I'm asking for advice again is that my attention has now been drawn to this driver: Eighteen Sound 10NW50 ( http://www.loudspeakerdatabase.com/18Sound/10NW650 ) ...which is about the same price as my other options ( £129.95 from Lean ) but has a considerably higher Xmax (7mm) , and judging by its frequency plot, a significantly better bass response. I've tried having a fiddle in WinISD with this stuff, but my very sketchy grasp on these matters makes me very wary of any conclusions I might reach! So, my questions are: - would this Eighteen Sound driver be suitable for my purpose, or am I missing some significant feature that would make it unsuitable? - am I right in thinking that it would give me a more extended bass response than either of my previously favoured options? - any other suggestions for better driver options? In an attempt to make answering my questions less of an effort, I've attached WinISD profiles for the three drivers I've been looking at. Thanks in advance to any of the local speaker experts who might care to chip in! 🙂 18Sound 10NW650.wdr Celestion NTR10-2520D.wdr Eminence DELTALITE_II_2510.wdr
  8. I still own the exact same unit - even down to the additional correctly-spaced-but-shonkily-home-drilled rack-mounting holes. Fantastically high quality bit of gear. I have owned it from new and used it hard for about 20 years (including several hard drops that damaged the floor but not the pre-amp!) and it has never missed a beat. Good luck with the sale! 🙂
  9. paulbuzz

    Fishman Neo D single coil measurements

    I have the humbucking version, which I imagine has much the same measurements. Have just measured the distance between the fitting screws as 78mm, if that helps. Personally I wouldn't recommend single-coil magnetic pickups for acoustic guitars; I've had far too many experiences of them picking up too much interference to be useable.
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    Bass ports and monitors

    Extremely interesting! Thanks for pointing that out!
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    Resistance reducing device

    These exist (as an alternative to resistor-based dummy loads) : https://www.tedweber.com/gadgets/attenuators/speaker-motor-models As Bill and Bass Bunny said though, this doesn't come any closer to acheiving what the OP was asking.
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    Resistance reducing device

    Fair point! I was just trying to envisage a setup that came as close as possible to fulfilling the OP's original scenario. Not that I'm proposing to create a driver with switchable alternative voice coils!
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    Resistance reducing device

    The short answer is an emphatic "no". Slightly longer answer: The device you're imagining does exist. It's generally referred to as a "dummy load", and is essentially a big chunky resistor. Attached in parallel with the existing speaker, it will reduce the impedance seen by the amplifier's output, and thereby cause the amp to produce its full rated output power, as you suggest. However, this won't produce your desired result (more volume from the speaker), as the additional output from the amp will simply be dissipated (as heat) by the dummy load itself. To get more volume from the existing speaker, you would need to reduce the impedance of the driver itself, which isn't feasible in any practical way.
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    Tech 21 VT Bass DI - SOLD

    Is this still for sale?
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    Site Bugs - List them here

    Ok, not a bug, but a feature that's irritating me, and not sure where else to mention it: On any of the topic/post listings pages, the 'tag' graphics are unnecessarily prominent - their bright orange colour on pages that are otherwise largely monochrome makes them much more eye-catching than the topic titles. This seems kinda weird for what's really a relatively minor feature, no? I would prefer them to be a fairly inconspicuous grey colour, so I can read them if I want to, rather than having them burnt onto my retinas... Sorry to moan, I know you've got much bigger fish to fry...!