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  1. I don't know how you can really go BEAD without a truly B-gauge string. I like a good stiff tension on my B-string for when I'm really digging in with a pick, so that requires a very thick string. Otherwise, it's like trying to lay a spaghetti noodle. I tried the BEAD Experiment for a year, or so, on just one bass before doing it on, now, all three of my main players. I never missed the G-string one bit. And it made switching keys for different singers a breeze! OTOH, maybe my hearing has become tuned more toward the lower frequencies. My wife thinks I'm going deaf. At least, I think that's what she's saying. 😀
  2. I usually like a little Overdrive, just for warmth, on my 4+ year old Rumble 500 combo. Sometimes even a lot of distorted Overdrive, if the song calls for it. But, if you really have no use for the Overdrive, here's a useful tip. Turn the Drive and Level both fully counterclockwise, then engage the Overdrive for a mute function! You can use a footswitch to do this, too. I just recently learned this, though I don't use it like that. In fact, it saved someone else an unnecessary repair bill when he thought his Rumble had stopped working. After I told him, he just pushed the Overdrive button and was SO relieved to hear it again! He hadn't previously checked that those knobs were at zero and the button engaged.
  3. That's great, @NordicBard! Enjoy it in good health. If you get a chance, try the DECODER Files linked here to help understand the stock presets. Then try the Presets TEMPLATES Files also linked there to better understand all the DETAILS that go into all the stock presets. https://www.talkbass.com/wiki/fender-rumble-club/#19-fender-tone-app-support .
  4. As long as you've got the manpower to move 'em, then "TWO" is always the right answer! Even if you really only use the 100T, . . . in 25 watt mode!! Always take two!!! 😎
  5. Oh, yes, indeed. I play my Fender Rumble Studio 40 at a monthly Bluegrass Jam with, usually, 12 to 25(!) other acoustic musicians (no dummer) and never get the Master Volume over about 11 o'clock! It should be perfect for your needs.
  6. Hmmm, . . . . American online vendors almost all show, "in stock, ready to ship" or a couple say, "more on the way". It would be a major news story if such a new and popular amp line was discontinued by the manufacturer. Most wifi problems I've read about seemed to be due to unclear instructions. And the few screen blackouts have been immediately replaced under warranty. I've had my Studio 40 only 5 months with no problems. I would speculate that it's a temporary situation, possibly with some effect from international trade and tariff negotiations, which are causing some uncertainty. As I recall, European vendors got the first deliveries of these amps in early 2018 soon after they were announced, while American shipments lagged a month, or so, IIRC. Please keep us posted on your quest. I wish you good luck. I've had a lot of fun with mine.
  7. I found this, which has helped me better understand the Fender Rumble Overdrive and get some very warm, or creamy smooth, tones. I've loved my Rumble 500 combo for about 4 years now! "The gain does directly affect the level of overdrive. However, Rumbles work a little different than most people who’ve used other amps are used to. First of all, Fender’s built-in Delta-Comp limiter makes it very difficult to clip the signal at all. That’s why the Rumbles have no clip light - it just doesn’t serve a useful function. That also means that listening for signal clipping doesn’t really work with Rumbles. The Gain knob basically works as a variable input pad. That makes the Rumble perfect for players with active basses, as you can adjust the incoming signal in as you like, and not have to settle for a -10db input. The Rumble will work fine even when the gain knob is set to zero. I play a mix of active and passive basses, and usually keep my gain setting at 9 o’clock and lower. The overdrive control consists of two knobs, Drive and Level. Drive sets the distortion level (this will vary with the amount of gain set), and Level controls the volume of the effect, allowing you to align it with the master volume to avoid any jump in volume when Overdrive is engaged. All this makes the Overdrive on the Rumbles extremely simple to use. You don’t have to worry about clipping, just plug your bass in, turn on Overdrive, adjust Gain, Drive and Level to taste, and play. Easy as that." I also recently found that, if you don't use the Overdrive, the Drive and Level both set to zero mutes the amp when the Overdrive is activated! The footswitch makes this a very convenient mute button. I hope this helps.
  8. Well . . . . , if it's allowed, I could recommend the Rumble TONE POOL linked on the TalkBass Rumble Club Wiki page for a list of various settings the club members there have collected. I hope this helps. 😀
  9. I don't think that is usually the case. See my explanation above. The external effect needs to have the blend, or level, function.
  10. In my experience an amp's Send only duplicates the preamp section's EQ'd signal to some external destination. But, if nothing is plugged in to that amp's Return, then the original preamp signal goes on to the amp's power section for amplification and out to the speaker(s). The originally intended use was to Send the preamp signal to some effects box(es) then Return that effected signal to the amp's power section, and out to the speaker(s). But if any signal is plugged into the amp's Return, regardless if it originated from the amp's Send or not, that signal goes to the power section and speaker(s). So, you can Send one amp's preamp signal, via instrument cable, to the Return of another amp and they both amplify the first preamp's signal and the second amp's EQ has no effect! Use of the Return on the second amp seems to turn it into just a powered speaker! That's because the Return has a switch that cuts off the normal flow from preamp to power amp when in use. If that switch gets corroded an amp's preamp may not seem to work. An instrument cable directly from Send to Return that restores function indicates a corroded switch that can be corrected by plugging & unplugging the Return several times, or direct (non-spray) cleaning of the switch. Hope this helps.
  11. I've really enjoyed my Bassman 500 with 115 neo cab for a few years now. I just love the lightweight 17 lb. head, with Class-D power amp, since my back feels even older than the rest of me. The Vintage and Overdrive channels give me a wide variety of sounds with plenty of actual tube driven pre-amp control. And the retro looks are a plus for me.
  12. How about the new Fender Rumble 800 HD?
  13. Setting your phone to Airplane Mode will ensure no embarrassing calls broadcast through your amp. 😉 I've heard that Airplane Mode also helps stabilize your phone's Bluetooth connection to the Stage and Studio amps if your phone uses certain other apps that may temporarily "grab focus" but, I don't recall what those apps may be. 😀
  14. I use my small Rumble Studio 40 combo at church with it's XLR Out to the board for the house and the single 10" speaker, with Master Volume around 3, for me. I just balance my volume with what I hear directly onstage and from the house system and it is glorious. Soundman says my combo as monitor has no effect on his settings and I feel very connected to everyone else. Just my two pence.
  15. The Fender Rumble 100 : 1. Does NOT have a speaker 'out' jack. 2. & 3. The impedance of the internal speaker and the combo's amp are matched and optimized. So, no DIY adding of speaker(s) is recommended. 4. A 2nd Rumble 100, or other combo, could easily be connected to the first with an instrument cable from the 'Effects Send' of one (the Master) to the 'Effects Return' of the other. Controls on the Master would also control the other, for simple setup with more power! 😀
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