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  1. My nephew has a TC Electronic BQ 500 and really likes it. I really rate it. The EQ is basic, however if you have an oboard EQ or preamp pedal then the EQ becomes redundant. It would be an ideal head to be played with a Helix. I didn't think it struggled in a band setting, but I wouldn't trade one for my main amp, which is a Mesa Big Block 750, but that really isn't a fair comparison.
  2. With 6xKT88 valves I would realistically expect the V6 to be a 300 watt valve amp, with the 4xKT88 V4 being a 200 watt amp. This would match with other KT88 amps like the 4xKT88 Matamp GT200 being rated at 200 ‘clean’ watts (and probably much more once you drive it beyond that) and the 6xKT88 Ashdown CTM 300 being rated at 300 watts. Could TE have squeezed 400 watts out of the V6? I’m not sure, but it was marketed as a 400 watt amp and on that basis can be marketed as such on the second hand market. Even if it was only achieved 300 valve watts of clean power it is still a hell of a lot of power and more than a player will ever need in a rehearsal or gigging situation. Either way, the reference to the 220 watt VType head in the service manual is a reference to the original 4xKT88 VType valve head that preceded the V4 and V6 (one of which is currently on sale in the classifieds here). So the reference to 220 watts in the service manual is not accurate unless one works under the assumption that both the V4 and V6 are 220 watt amps, which doesn’t really make any sense given the difference in the number of output valves.
  3. The original V type all valve head was the precursor to the V4 and was a 200/220 watt valve head. There was never a proper manual for the V6 as there was a general VType manual for the original range that was never updated specifically for the V6. The V6 has 6 power amp tubes. It was marketed at 400 watts. Whether it actually did deliver 400 watts is open to question given most amps with six power amp tubes (Ampeg SVT) are marketed as 300 watt. Irrespective of that the V6 is loud as all hell with all the headroom you will ever need.
  4. I use the B3K with an EBS Fafner. The parametric mids on EBS amps are really good at dialling in the mids to counteract the natural scoopiness of the B3K drive. If you use the B3K as an 'always on' effect, then the EQ on the EBS amp will be pretty much as flexible as the B7K.
  5. Don't stick with the same Trace combo for 10 years just because 'it hasn't broke yet' and the rat fur makes an ideal scratching post for your cat. Don't wait 12 years to buy a five string. Elixir strings save you money in the long term. Wals only ever go up in price. Buy a Les Paul, not a Fender Toronado. Being 'signed' is not the same as 'getting paid'.
  6. I used a B3K on low gain settings for an album together with a Sadowsky Metro. Worked pretty similar to a Sansamp. A B7K ultra would have been ideal but I didn't have the cash. On reflection, it is a bit more scoopy a tone than I would have ideally liked, but I think that there was some additional Amplitube tone shaping I had no control of that resulted in the final mix. Whatever, it works well enough in a live setting. I would look at the Youtube demoes to see if you whether you prefer the tone of the Vintage Ultra or B7K Ultra drive tones. The actual clean preamp outside of the drive is pretty much identical on both pedals.
  7. Superior speakers, 600 watts to 400 watts, probably more time spent on design, testing and materials etc.
  8. I was a bit disappointed that the new 'traditional' 4x`10 is only rated at 400 watts at 4ohms. It just seems fairly underpowered to most modern cabinets and the 2x12 and vertical 4x10 in the Digbeth series. Amps sound nice in the Andertons demo though.
  9. 8 ohm impedance, because you really need to stack two of them to get the most out of your amp.
  10. Damn, I have the same model in the same finish. I might also have to go down this route as the black looks much cooler!
  11. https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/strings-c1/string-sets-c865/bass-guitar-c34/daddario-xt-coated-nickel-plated-steel-50-105-bass-guitar-strings-long-scale-p14343 The XT coated range are limited to the nickel plated strings I think. Ernie Ball do coated strings too (it is a new line) but I think that the Slinky sets are all nickel rather than steel, though I haven't used EB strings for a while.
  12. D'addario also do coated strings but I have never tried them. By all accounts I understand that D'addario also make the strings for Elixir who then carry out the signature Elixir coating. I will probably try them next if my current Elixirs go dead. I'm hoping that the Elixir issues get sorted out though.
  13. Essentially, it seems that the the company who owns Elixir strings (W.R. Gore and Associates) are having difficulty sourcing the materials required to give the strings their coating. So there is presently a big shortage on Elixir strings. I would expect that it will be sorted out at some point soon. Philip McKnight (American Youtuber) did a brief video on it.
  14. I have a V6 and a Fafner and frankly could never come to terms with selling either of them! GLWTS
  15. I think it would be more practical than a 1200 watt mono amp for me. Surely a 600 watt should be more than loud enough for most purposes even if it is class D?
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