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  1. Passinwind

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    FWIW, I went out of my way not to do an overt clone of any of the existing designs I'm aware of, including the Alembic, Wal, ACG, Bartolini, and Craig Anderton ones. The long thread you linked to will explain my design intent much more thoroughly than I could manage here. 😎
  2. You can mate the heats sinks on the module used in your amp to a bigger one and it'll work fine without a fan, at least in my experience. But I defintely don't run my amps as hard as many people do, and having the absolute smallest and lightest form factor doesn't matter at all to me.
  3. An upright, of course. Leo never got it right, so how could those who came after him? 😎
  4. Peavey, Mesa, and Ampeg all made them. I've been using my new DIY 100 watt job that way for the moment too, and pretty happily really.
  5. We did a poll like that on Talkbass a few months ago. Class D won by quite a substantial margin, and then of course the other factors would presumably skew the market even more. But online polls often tend to be very unreliable, and many of us don't really care what others think when it comes to such a subjective thing anyway.
  6. FWIW, several years ago I built a rack mounted Class D amp as a DIY project and took it down to the local ace repair shop to try out an EUB they had for sale. The owner was quite convinced it was a tube amp, which I found hilarious -- it surely must have been down to the visual cues. I'd put money on the tube one I'm doing right now being able to pass for a modern solid state build in an unsighted test right now too, although I'm probably going to take it in a more traditional direction since that was my raison d'etre for doing this build in the first place. But as I've said many times, play feel is quite another thing and I always looked at that as a very important aspect of my tech work when I was still doing that for my livelihood. Arguing with people about what they feel seems like a real fool's errand to me. 😎
  7. B&O sold out their share in ICEPower in 2016, FWIW. Beyond that, popcorn. The market has voted and most people apparently actually prefer the new direction, for sound quality as well as convenience. Plenty of old gear around for those who prefer that play feel, and that gear is getting cheaper all the time IME.
  8. Creeping up an an all DIY setup, just have to build myself a bass and learn pickup winding now. Newest piece is the tube amp, 100 watts switchable to 60. I have the preamp section mostly ready to go but I wanted to audition several different DIY and commercial ones before committing to drilling a bunch more holes. Then it's on to a natural finish wood headcase, I reckon.
  9. Yes, it always involves tradeoffs IME. I started 45 years ago on an Ampeg B-15 and absolutely despised it. Worked up to crazy biamped and triamped rack rigs and never loved that. Went through several classic Class AB jobs and then Class D amps, better but not quite there yet. Built my own Class D appliances a few years back, better yet. Now I've retired from gigging and figure I might as well bring it full circle with a DIY tube amp build. At this point I don't need to be loud, I merely need to dial everything in for dead clean sound that works well with a tweeter. I do not covet Old School sound at all, for bass anyway. I've always loved tubes for rock guitar playing though, FWIW. So I'm hoping that something switchable between 60 and 100 watts can scratch both itches, and results so far are looking good.
  10. It's been quite a change of pace from all the battery powered circuits I've been doing for the last few years, 500VDC is no joke when it wants to bite you. Haven't decided whether to do a B channel and use a set of the PW7 boards, but there's already a nice +/- 15V supply on the power amp board, and plenty of spare current capacity. The A channel will be mostly tube based in any case.
  11. No different than the 40+ years of gigs, my man.
  12. Yep, I retired from gigging a few years ago and am in the process of building a much nicer and/or bigger rig than I ever gigged with...go figure.
  13. Hi John, I've finally had occasion to break out one of the older revisions of the preamp in question, in the blue box to the right: The power amp module is strangely big and heavy, and not particularly efficient...😎
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