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  1. BassManGraham

    New TC Electronic heads

    My BQ500 arrived this morning after waiting several weeks. I will gig it later this week, but early signs are promising. For the price this really is a great value little head. It has a clean and punchy sound which I really like. The 4 band EQ has a good tonal range. It doesn't do gritty overdrive, so if that's what you want a pedal would be needed. I am not a fan of compression and prefer sound with little or no THRUST! The active and passive switch appears to be reversed which seems counter intuitive, but not a problem. I can wind the gain up to 2 o'clock on passive setting before clip light flashes and that is with an Alembic with quite a hot active ouput. The DI out seems nice and clean and doesn't colour the sound of my bass. I have just tried it thru a pair of Eden EX112s, this makes a superb, punchy, portable small footprint rig for under £600! OK this is no MESA or QUILTER etc, but for the money it's a no brainer. and so far I am quite impressed and prefer the sound of this amp to previous TC Electronic heads I've tried.
  2. BassManGraham

    Alembic Epic *Sold subject to payment etc

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  3. BassManGraham

    Best cheap bass for John East preamp project......

    Agreed Sires are amazing value for money I have had a V7 and a P7 both great value for under £500. Personally I would not bother trying to upgrade these as they are pretty much optimum as they come and I suspect the routing cavity may differ from a Fender for which the J Retro was designed. A real quality but cheap alternative to upgrade would be an SX Jazz. Most players think my upgraded SX sounds and plays like an American Fender. I have just fitted a tortoise shell pickguard and Badass bridge. The original pickups are great. I would try the East J Retro before anything else. You probably won't need different pickups, the East Retro will work wonders even for Squier or Mex Jazz pickups HOWEVER I do love John EAST J Retro Preamps and have fitted them to four Fender Jazzes. 2 Mexicans, an American Standard and even an American Active Deluxe. They're easy to fit and require no mods to body at all, I kept original circuits so they can be returned to original in a few minutes. I did not hesitate fitting them to a US Fender, they sound like a Fender on steroids! I much prefer the East Active circuit to the stock Fender one. The Deluxe Jazz has the battery compartment which saves having to mount the PP3 battery under the J Retro chrome control plate. That said the batteries last for ages and there is the passive option. So in conclusion it won't hurt trying one in your American Fender, but an SX Jazz which should cost you less than a new East J Retro, might be worth a punt! BEWARE you may prefer an SX or Mexican Fender with a J Retro to your American Standard! Good Luck
  4. BassManGraham

    Alembic Epic *Sold subject to payment etc

    These are superb basses, light, nicely balanced, beautiful necks and that wonderful Alembic piano tone for a very fair price. I recently relieved Bass Direct of one, otherwise I would be interested. GLWS.
  5. BassManGraham

    Sold - MTD Kingston Z4 / KZ4 maple

    Damn I've been keen looking for one of these for weeks, but have literally just bought something else! Lovely bass. GLWS
  6. BassManGraham

    Kawai F11B Alembic Clone

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  7. BassManGraham

    Kawai F11B Alembic Clone

    Many thanks. Very interested in this bass. Have you owned since new? What condition are frets in? Is there a dot marker missing on 12th fret, has there been any drying or shrinkage of finger board to cause this? Best regards Graham
  8. BassManGraham

    Kawai F11B Alembic Clone

    Hi, what is neck width at top nut and string spacing at bridge please. Cheers
  9. BassManGraham

    MESA BOOGIE D800+ vs GK MB FUSION - gig review

    The GK MB amps are very loud. An MB500 certainly seems to hold its own against other more powerful rated heads. They seem to have a lot more gain than most of their contemporaries which means too much treble and high mid EQ can produce audible hissing! Not noticeable when playing, but mildly irritatingly at idle or quiet passages in studio. The D800+ has wonderful tone and plenty of volume for my needs, but on balance probably not as loud as a GK MB800, or the Markbass Little Marcus 800 either. No front of house engineer ever likes me playing anywhere near that loud on stage anyway!
  10. BassManGraham

    Recommend a combo pls

    Make sure you check out the DI out specifically unless you intend using a separate DI box. Fender Rumbles are good value a second hand Markbass combo is worth considering. I've had a CMD 121P and a CMD 102P both excellent with great DI outs. I have had two T.C Electronic combos despite being fine little combos the DI out was noisy and unusable on both. No ground lift and considerable mains hum. If weight is not an issue you could do a lot worse than one of the bigger Hartke combos. The tiltback facility is very useful too. Good Hunting.
  11. BassManGraham

    Mesa D800+ vs D800 - adjustable HPF rawks. (NAD)

    Haha yep that's exactly when I bought mine! Checked their site the next week, it was out of stock with another £250 on the price! Bargains like that exacerbate my G.A.S. Sound engineer at a regular gig was very complimentary on my 800+ first outing, and he usually doesn't enthuse about much at all!
  12. BassManGraham

    Aria Pro II SB-600

    Pretty sure this bass is an SB600 not an SB700. SB 600s had set/glued neckswhereas the SB700 had a 5 piece laminated neck thru body. Please check specs.
  13. BassManGraham

    New TC Electronic heads

    Well that sounds very promising indeed as the HA3500 is quite loud and punchy for a 350W amp. Only ever used one a couple of times when it was provided backline but fairly impressive, only avoided getting one due to the weight of the things. It may be that the BQ500 can surpass my fairly moderate expectations!
  14. BassManGraham

    New TC Electronic heads

    I have been generally underwhelmed by all T.C Electronic heads and combos I havd tried. OK tone print is clever and fun, but power wise they do not come close to GK, Markbass, etc. I have a BH250-208 which is a tidy good value little practice combo, but even with an extension cab cannot compete with our drummer! But, I see Thomann are currently selling the BQ500 for €205 / £175 (free delivery) which to be fair is less than a decent preamp, DI or FX pedal! At this price GAS and curiosity get the better of me, so I am setting THRUST to stun, and getting prepared to be underwhelmed all over again. I will report further when it arrives in several weeks time!
  15. BassManGraham

    Bridged at certain ohm?

    Running an amplifier into too low an impedance is definitely not advisable, the amp could run hot and you could blow the output stage of of your power amp.