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About SamPlaysBass

  • Birthday 06/02/1994

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  1. I’d love to try some of the big boy ABMs. I’ve yet to try an ABM 600 at full throttle, and the ABM 1000 seems a rare beast indeed. I think you’ve found a unicorn with yours - don’t ever sell it! If it’s got half the go that a valve amp has, you are on to winner.
  2. I bought an Ashdown CTM 100 a few years ago on finance. It was quite big, a little cumbersome (despite it being small in the valve amp world), had a limited tonal range and got dirty quite quickly, meaning on a large stage the amp and the DI were getting a bit hairy. In that band, I needed a fairly clean sound and Class AB and D amps were better suited for my gigs. I ended up swapping the CTM for a bass, swapping that too and ultimately making a loss of several hundred pounds. ...And I’d do it all again because valve amps are magical. It had a limited tonal palette but what it did, it did really well. Think Entwistle’s Live at Leeds tone. It looked great sat on a 4x10 and the response from a valve amp is just different to class AB and certainly class D amps - everything is more immediate, sparkly and just better. Valve amps respond to inputs differently. Dynamics are different. Better, in my opinion. Most of my thoughts could probably be written off as pseudoscience or perception, but I don’t care. I loved owning a valve amp and I’d wholeheartedly recommend one to someone who fancied one. No, you won’t be able to put it in a rucksack and take your gear in in one trip (🙄), but I find most of the practical points of owning and running a valve amp a bit like buying a Ferrari and being disappointed when it doesn’t do 40mpg. They aren’t designed with convenience in mind, and they are (in the bass world at least) a luxury item that needs more care and attention. Buy a valve amp, experience the highs and lows, sell it on if/when it does your head in and let someone else experience the same cycle.
  3. I’ve been running an RH450 for years and never found myself needing any more power. However, 750 is a bigger number than 450 and this is very important. *Adds to cart* 😉
  4. It’s a little bit left field, but I use a Wayne Jones Audio Bass preamp (into two powered speakers). It’s based on an Avalon 737 DI, so has the right DNA for what you are looking at. However, to gig it, I use two Wayne Jones Audio powered 1x10 cabs which may not be the cheapest overall solution. Sounds great, though! I have a friend who’s a stockist and sorted me out. https://shop.waynejonesaudio.com/product/wjbp-stereo-valve-bass-guitar-pre-amp/ The Markbass LM3 (or tube variants) sound very, very clear, but have no headphone out. I’d be inclined to look at the TC BH550/800. Prices are competitive second hand, sub £300 in some cases. I prefer the EQ section on the TC, and both of these are more conventionally designed than the Wayne Jones stuff so it’s more compatible with the gear you’ve already got. I’d avoid the BAM 200 unless you were heavily price dependent, in which case the Trace Elf and Warwick Gnome would be worth a punt.
  5. A quick update - I’d asked politely to be refunded, which appears to have fallen on deaf ears. I called my bank who have raised a complaint with the guilty party. In the meantime, the bank have refunded me £110 whilst they look into it all. I’ve sent them the details of this thread as well, which the bank were happy to be told about. PayPal, as you expect, were not of great use as I authorised the payment, but my bank were sympathetic. May be an avenue worth taking if anyone hasn’t already.
  6. Strange you say that, I’ve got a Mojomojo on my board that I haven’t used forever! Cheers guys, I’ll definitely get on it.
  7. I’ve joined a new project which is firmly in the soul-rock subdivision. Great people as well, but a little different to my disco-funk background. I’ve switched up my gear a bit after a little studio trip, trying to get a better sound. I’ve put flats and a foam mute on my 70s Squier P bass and I’ve got a Wayne Jones Audio set up with his powered cabs. It sounds great, but it’s very clean. I’ve been hunting for a SansAmp but I’ve missed out on a few (one to the now notorious ScamsAmp scandal of Christmas 2020). They are rock solid in pricing, straying well north of the £105 I sold my old one for. I’ve got a Behringer BDI but it isn’t quite as good. I want something that’s warm and vintagey. I’m not looking for Darkglass distortion, I’m trying to get that tubby, rolled off Pino in John Mayer Trio or Duck Dunn vibe. It’d be great to have a DI that I can whack on my pedalboard and make festivals (remember them?) easier and less complicated, as well as warm up my studio monitor style gigging set up. So, warm and vintage valve-y DI for somewhere around the price of a second hand SansAmp (bonus points for cheaper) that’s not the Behringer version?
  8. I’ve had many years trouble free buying/selling/trading on Marketplace. Bass players in general are a nice bunch and seem to be less problematic compared to other instrument communities (a complete generalisation of course, but something I’ve observed in time). Since ScamAmp-gate, I’ve recently sold an amp to recoup some funds and I’ve upped everything from a seller’s perspective - complete photo documentation of packing and a video of everything working beforehand, paper trails everywhere and PayPal G&S only with the buyer incurring the 4%. Reputation is everything on these sites, we don’t want people soiling the name of what I can honestly say has been one of the friendliest, most welcoming and knowledgeable communities around. The advice on this thread alone has proved that.
  9. I love everything about this build. The neatness of the control cavity that no-one will really see says a lot. I’ve owned some lovely gear and a lot of them look like spaghetti junction in there. And the subtle cracked finish is a dream come true. Little details maketh the bass!
  10. Haha, well played! The ol’ ScamsAmp scandal of Christmas 2020!
  11. I have also been conned by Mick Mason as it would seem. Paid for the SansAmp on Monday 14th Dec 2020, said it would be 48 hours via courier. A week later, nothing. Said the courier picked it up on Thursday. Asked him for a tracking number - radio silence. I think he’s gone quiet judging by this thread. Had a chat to Krishna from Barclays this morning who said I have to give him 15 days before the bank will take action. I hope a SansAmp arrives before the 29th 🤷🏼‍♂️
  12. Whilst I’m at it, the Nate Mendel P basses don’t lose any money all. I’ve been waiting for a few years in the hope they’ll reach £500 (top whack MiM money) but they’re still still at £800+!
  13. I love the ‘Aero’ fret ends. That’s something really worthwhile doing. I love the design and the engineering know-how going into this. Keep us posted! Definitely the beginning of something beautiful. Very impressed.
  14. Great point Woodinblack. I didn’t intend for this thread to be about finding the next money spinner necessarily. More curious as to the trends we start to see on Basschat, for sale sites etc for usually unremarkable or just ‘good’ items for sale that seem to be picking up a premium, justly or unjustly. The Klon Centaur always springs to mind. That is the pinnacle of this thread! A good pedal that has reached the outer echelons of ridiculousness through internet hype alone. Crazy!
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