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  1. I think the main difference is that years ago a really cheap bass felt cheap and played even worse (impossible to correctly adjust intonation, action etc). Nowadays a very cheap bass may still ‘feel’ budget but it will be playable and functional. EDIT - Am i the only person who had an Encore P in the early nineties that played fine? Did loads of gigs with it 😳
  2. [quote name='Al Krow' timestamp='1509662239' post='3400761'] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4][b]VK210 MNT vs Barefaced BB2 – Shootout[/b][/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]I had the opportunity to spend an hour A/B’ing a VK 210 MNT with a BF BB2, my top two shortlisted cabs, at Bass Gallery this afternoon with CameronJ along to provide a second pair of ears. [/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]These two were at the top of my shortlist because they delivered (i) [i]portability[/i] (both less than 37 lbs in a compact package) (ii) excellent [i]power handling[/i] – able to deal with 600W RMS and (iii) from all of the feedback to date, two excellent cabs with great [i]articulation[/i] both with many devotees.[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]Even better, the Gallery had my current beloved gigging combo (a Markbass AC 121 Lite) available to for us hear how these two shortlisted cabs compared to my existing rig, which was a very helpful bonus.[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]Main bass used for the comparison: Cameron’s MTD Kingston Super 5.[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]EQ set on the Markbass head, which is essentially a LM3: (i) initially slightly mid boosted and (ii) then flat (for most of the comparison). We obviously used exactly the same settings on the bass head to compare the Markbass cab, the VK and the BF.[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]Volume was set at about 35% of maximum on the 500W head.[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]First thing to note was a clear improvement in articulation when swapping from the Markbass 1x12 to either the VK 210 or BF BB2. That slight muddiness of tone that I’ve felt for a while with the Markbass cab seemed to disappear with the other two cabs. But, hey, if you’re going from a £400 Markbass cab to a £750 VK or BF cab you’d kinda hope that you were going to be getting something better, right?[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]So having quickly established that either of the two separate cabs would give a better result than the combo cab we spent the rest of the time going back and forth between the VK and BF.[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4][b]Conclusions[/b] (and I think this is a fair summary of what we both heard):[/size][/font] [indent=1.325][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4](i) Both had excellent articulation, if anything the VK slightly edged it;[/size][/font][/indent] [indent=1.325][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4](i) At the same amp settings used the VK was a little louder and had more punch in the mids. It was also a little more coloured than the transparent BF but in a good way which seemed to aid rather than detract from articulation.[/size][/font][/indent] [indent=1.325][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4](ii) Interestingly changing the voicing of the cabs with the rear ‘crossover’ knobs at the back didn’t materially change our overall views on the sound.[/size][/font][/indent] [indent=1.325][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4](iii) In terms of build the VK seemed to have a more robust ‘feel’ to it and we both agreed that the VK’s handle is certainly of much better design and construction.[/size][/font][/indent] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]Two really excellent cabs and I get why folk are happy with either. It was great to be able spend the time having a careful listen to both (although I appreciate it’s not a comparison of the cabs in a live context nor done at loud volume) with a fellow BCer and combined with the positive feedback on this thread, I’ve finally (you’ll no doubt be pleased/ relieved to hear!) been able to come off the fence and decide on a cab which I hope will form a key part of my rig for several years to come. I have just confirmed to another BCer who had kindly put his VK cab on hold for me that I’ll be going ahead with the purchase.[/size][/font] [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4]Cheers everyone for your patience, honest feedback and insights – greatly appreciated. AK[/size][/font] [/quote] Great review 👍
  3. Speakon Issue

    I recently acquired a pair of lovely TecAmp cabs. Tried them linked directly to my head and they worked fine. Linked them together using my one and only speakon to speakon cable and nothing at all from the second cab. Fortunately the connections on the cabs are speakon/1/4” combos so I could prove that the cabs were ok using a jack to jack cable. Turns out that either my speakon cable was knackered or wired strangely. Bought a new ‘Off the shelf’ cable and it works a treat. Moral of the story, don’t panic - it’s probably just your cable!
  4. Trace Elliot - talk to me

    If you can get hold of a SMX head, snap it up. The 250 (also often listed as 280) is the most manageable version but has all of the key bells and whistles that the range is renowned for. Louder than you will ever need and as versatile as any head available. If you can’t get a SMX, the SMC heads come a close second. Failing that, the majority of old school TE heads will genuinely p**s all over modern competitors. Do I sound a little biased?
  5. Crazy prices for top notch kit. Call the cops, it’s a steal 😮
  6. Aussie Pink Floyd

    I’ve seen them half a dozen times since the early 00’s. They’ve been just about the best Floyd band around for years. Although I did enjoy them more in the smaller ‘in your face’ venues (Nottingham Rock City, Newark Palace Theatre etc). Look out for Floyd In The Flesh though. Saw them recently and they’re great. Relatively new kids on the block as a Floyd outfit, but superb musicians who are also in various other bands (Junction, Surreal Panther etc).
  7. Oldman Feedback

    Bought a couple of cabs from Brian. Wonderful hospitality, including a bowl of homemade soup and freshly baked bread. 😍 Cabs exactly as described and great communication throughout. First class basschatter ! Many thanks again
  8. Feedback for Karlfer

    Karl and I just met up for our quarterly get together to exchange cash/gear and chew the cud about all things bass. Pain free transaction as usual, many thanks Karl. Top fella 👍
  9. feedback for Deedee

    [quote name='karlfer' timestamp='1508685606' post='3393767'] Another blustery meet up with Dan, saint as ever listening to me make Victor Meldrew sound happy. Just a top bloke, end of. OH, and Dan, the service station staff have invited us to the staff Christmas do . [/quote] 😂😂😂
  10. What counts as a gig?

    [quote name='Dad3353' timestamp='1508605921' post='3393304'] From the OED ... [color=#800080]NOUN, informal...[/color] [color=#800080]A live performance by a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.[/color] [/quote] 😂. Love that
  11. [quote name='karlfer' timestamp='1508583967' post='3393074'] Dan, as soon as this goes PLEASE contact me so I can remove mine. I really don't want that cab-less nightmare [/quote] Haha, will do Karl, we've all been there!
  12. [s]On hold - trade pending[/s] Still available For Sale Only - sorry all
  13. [quote name='rebo213' timestamp='1508418385' post='3392059'] PM´d [/quote] And replied. Still available.