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  1. I've fortunately had more good experience than bad. Good service: Bergantino - Jim Bergantino not only designs and sells exceptional gear, he continues to develop his flagship B|Amp and provides new features to all owners free of charge regardless of whether they are the original owner. I don't know of any other company that does this and on a regular basis. It's not even advertised as a benefit in the marketing material. Jim is always helpful and prompt when answering queries via email and is genuinely interested in customer feedback whether via email or on Talkbass. An honourable mention goes to Dave Wilson (Guitar tech) for all round great customer service (in addition to top quality workmanship and being a really nice bloke!) Poor service: I'm not going to name this UK based retailer but on more than one occasion I've phoned to buy something and have been asked to send them an email to tell them what I want to buy. Sending an email isn't a big deal but if I can be bothered to phone to give them my business why can't they just sell it to me there and then or make a note of what I want and either fulfil the order or get back to me later? The same retailer has advertised items in stock that turn out not to be (unfortunately a increasingly wider issue). None of these are massive issues but just a poor customer experience that makes me more inclined to spend my money elsewhere.
  2. MXR Bass Octave Deluxe pedal for sale: £85 - including insured shipping within the UK. Main features: Two independent analog sub-octave voices with a Dry control and a Mid+ switch to optimize the sound of your parallel clean signal. Dry knob to mix in your direct signal, and hit the Mid+ switch to add up to +14dB of internally adjustable mid frequencies (400Hz or 850Hz). Two separately controlled octave voices—Growl (for throaty tone) and Girth (for deep tone). Can be powered by a 9-volt battery or 9-volt adapter. The pedal is in good condition. There are a couple of very minor chips in the paint that you can see on the pictures. It doesn't have the original rubber feet but has velcro on the bottom (I can removed this if required). Shipping will be in a non-original box but will be well packed. PM me if interested please. Gaz
  3. Why thank you kind sir! I’ve not tried a Sadowsky but it’s on my list. 😎
  4. My all time favourite is my Status Series 2 Classic but I've mainly been playing my Stingray Special for the last two years. It would be a difficult choice if I could only own one. I would probably keep the Status for playability and sentimental reasons, but the Stingray is great to play and sits in the mix better for what I currently do (when we are able to do gigs).
  5. The Bergantino B|Amp has parallel compression among many other fantastic features. Well worth checking out.
  6. My first foray into 12’s is the Bergantino NXT212. Really impressed with it so far but unfortunately I’ve not even been able to do a full band rehearsal with it yet. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later.
  7. gazhowe


    I’ve not had an opportunity to gig with it or A/B it with my AE410 but i really like it. It’s a bit warmer than the AE410, probably due to the different speaker size as well as the drivers, but there’s plenty of punch and definition too. Top quality from Bergantino goes without saying but Jim seems have really hit the sweet spot with the NXT series. Highly recommended.
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    There's an interesting paper on the Bergantino website about the differences between Neo and Ceramic speakers. I've got two Berg Neo speaker cabs (AE410 and NXT212). The NXT212 is a tad heavier than @wateroftyne 's TKS S212 but, having been so impressed with the AE410, it was a no-brainer for me to go for another Berg cab to pair with my B|Amp. Sound first, then portability are the key factors for me but it's nice that the weight isn't bad either. 😎 https://bergantino.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NXTJIMDOC.pdf
  9. gazhowe


    Very nice. Congrats! 😎
  10. That looks fantastic, and what a bargain! Congratulations! Has anyone else just done a quick search on the Guitar Guitar website in the hope of more bargains? 😊
  11. There is room in the case body cavity that allows the bass to slide forward by approx 1cm (see pic). There is plenty of clearance around the headstock so any forward movement of the bass does not cause the headstock to hit any other part of the case. I've not experienced any issues since I've had my Special.
  12. I’ve bought a few items from them with no problems whatsoever, but nothing recently.
  13. I’ve had a couple of 3 band Ray’s, plus a Classic and a Special. All are good but (IMO) the Classic and Special are both a step above the standard 3 band Ray in terms of tone (which I found too raspy on the 3 band). I prefer the Special over the Classic due to the 18v tone circuit, neck profile, body shape and weight. The Classic is a great bass but if I was looking to buy another Ray to go with my Special it would be another Special. YMMV of course. 😎
  14. I've just reserved a 800w 2x12 cab from Bass Direct to use in my man cave on the basis that it will sound nicer than the 20 year old Peavey practice amp i've been using. Definitely more of a GAS induced 'want' than a 'need' (I was interested in it anyway) but I'm justifying putting it on the credit card to cheer myself up while we're on lockdown with no prospect of gigs for some time. It's not in stock yet but hopefully I'll get it in a couple of weeks.🤔
  15. I'm a Portfolio (Project) Manager at a University. It often involves long hours but they are flexible and I don't have to work away so it allows me to fit band stuff in without any issues.
  16. Bergantino B|Amp: 700w @4 Ohms, Programmable EQ points and Q width, Speaker profiles, in-built parallel compression, Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, HPF, LPF, tuner and all can be saved into three pre-sets than can be selected via the amp or an optional Bluetooth footswitch. Honourable 2nd place: Aguilar AG700 I've also owned class D amps by Markbass and TC Electronic.
  17. That must be one of the fastest ever sales on Basschat! 😎
  18. In reply to the OP, I haven’t. I’ve always bought the best gear I could afford and gigged it as long as I was still enjoying playing it. The only time I’ve felt guilty is following an impulse buy on something I don’t need and/or will hardly use. I’ve become more ruthless about moving that gear on but it’s never been about the cost. I just want to use the gear I enjoy the most while I’m still gigging, and don’t want to have any regrets about ‘making do’ and playing stuff that doesn’t give me as much enjoyment.
  19. My pub rock band uses RCF 705 subs (x2) plus RCF 712 tops (x2) for pubs and occasional bigger gigs. Been very impressed with RCF quality and value for money so far but haven’t used any other active PA cabs since we switched from a power amp/passive EV speaker set up. With the RCF gear we fully mic the drum kit, guitar plus 3 x vocals and put these through the PA. My bass is backline only but I’ll go though the PA in case of any amp failures/emergencies. Regards, Gaz
  20. Re: MarkBass - I used to own both a 500w (Class A/B) Momark and 800w (Class D) Momark. Both very good amps but when I compared them at a soundcheck with exactly the same settings and felt that the Class A/B had more weight to the notes. I've since owned an Aguilar AG700 and Berg B-Amp. Both are Class D and there's no lack of weight to the notes (or heft) with either and both of these are a step above the Class A/B Momark, and also a Trace 400SMX that I owned (IMHO etc).
  21. I've not had any experience of using 1 x 12 cabs (I'm using a Berg AE410) but understand (like @chris_b) that the Berg AE, CN and HDN series are all slight improvements on each other in that order. Bergantino have just launched a new 'NXT' series of lightweight cabs including two different 1 x 12 cabs that look very good. These are due to start shipping from next week so there may be a few more of the older lightweight series up for sale soon. I believe there are a couple of Berg CN 1 x 12 cabs up for sale on here at the moment at a very good price.
  22. Aguilar AG700 amplifier for sale. Price includes a Spider waterproof case and UK mainland shipping. This is 2 years old and is in immaculate condition. Please PM me if interested. Spec as follows: Power Output: 700 watts @ 2.67 or 4 ohms, 350 watts @ 8 ohms, Class D with Solid State preamp EQ Section: Bass: +/- 17 dB @ 40 Hz Deep: +6 dB <250 Hz Low Mid: +/- 15 dB @ 300 Hz High Mid: +/- 14dB @ 800 Hz Treble: +/- 14 dB @ 4 kHz Bright: +6 dB >3 kHz, shelving -10dB input pad Tuner output Inputs: One 1/4″ input jack, compatible with all active and passive basses Speaker Outputs: Two Neutrik Speakon speaker outputs Effects Loop: Series operation. Adds 6 dB of additional gain, making it useful for a broad range of effects units Balanced Output: XLR balanced output with pre/post EQ and ground lift switch Cooling: Two high-quality whisper fans with thermal speed control Dimensions: 12″ W x 9″ D x 3″ H Weight: 4.9 lbs
  23. Due to buying a Bergantino B-amp the following pedals are no longer needed and for sale: Prices include UK postage. I would rather not ship outside of the UK. Please PM me if interested. Darkglass Vintage Microtubes (VMT) - immaculate condition, includes original box: £125 SOLD Broughton High Pass Filter and Low Pass Filter - immaculate condition: £125 SOLD MXR 109S 6-band EQ pedal - immaculate condition, includes original box: £65 SOLD Aguilar TLC compressor - few minor scuffs (see pic) but fully working order: £100
  24. 35 in 2019, all with the same rock covers band. That’s about average for us as it’s as many as we usually want to do, however we’ve managed to get 37 in the diary for this year already.
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